Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182B, VH-DSQ, Kalumburu Mission near Wyndham, WA, 13 January 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot made an aerial inspection of development of part of the Mission property. On returning to the strip he positioned the aircraft on base leg at 500 feet, but before he turned left to make the final approach to land he noticed new developmental work and turned right toward it to make a closer inspection. As the aircraft turned towards the area and toward rising ground covered with tall trees, a water bottle alongside the pilot's seat fell over and rolled towards the rear of the aircraft spilling the contents. The pilot held the control column with his left hand, turned in his seat and made several attempts to right the bottle before he succeeded. During these attempts the aircraft descended to tree top height over the higher terrain. The pilot looked up at the same time as he felt the aircraft striking the trees. He levelled the aircraft, pulled up and applied power and made a landing without further incident at the Mission airstrip. Inspection disclosed extensive damage to the flaps and leading edge of the wings, that portion of the tailplane was missing and that the starboard elevator was supported by one hinge.
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General details
Date: 13 January 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0600 WST    
Location: Kalumburu Mission    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 11 February 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-DSQ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kalumburu Mission  
Departure time 0545  
Destination Kalumburu Mission  
Last update 16 May 2014