Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-INH, "Thylungra" 116 WSW of Adavale QLD, 20 January 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On the evening preceding the accident the pilot indicated his intention to commence mustering early the next morning. The pilot arose at about 0530 hours and it is believed that the aircraft took off at about 0600. The aircraft was seen at about 0620 by the stockmen. It was flying at about 100 ft agl and when the engine noise ceased and the aircraft was not seen again one stockman rode to a nearby bore and found the inverted aircraft wreckage. The aircraft had impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude. No contributory fault could be found with the aircraft or the associated systems. The pilot did not hold a mustering approval and no evidence of him having undergone such training could be found. It is probable that the aircraft stalled at low level and that the pilot was unable to regain control before ground impact.

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General details
Date: 20 January 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0626    
Location: "Thylungra" 116 WSW of Adavale    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 28 February 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-INH  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Thylungra QLD  
Departure time 600  
Destination Thylungra QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014