Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172-B, VH-CRB, Rylstone NSW, 16 February 1985

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Status: Completed
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Witnesses reported that after take-off in hot and gusty crosswind conditions the aircraft did not climb away normally. It passed over the boundary fence at a low height and then remained at about tree-top height for about one kilometre. The aircraft was then seen to turn sharply to the left before disappearing from view. It was subsequently discovered to have struck the ground while in a steep nose-down attitude, and been completely destroyed by a post impact fire. No evidence was found of any pre-impact defect or malfunction of the aircraft which might have contributed to the accident. The take-off had been attempted with the aircraft approximately 20 above the maximum allowable weight. It was considered that the combination of aircraft weight and ambient weather conditions caused a significant reduction in the aircraft climb performance. The available performance was insufficient to allow the aircraft to clear rising ground beyond the aerodrome boundary.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1519    
Location: Rylstone    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 April 1986   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-CRB  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Rylstone NSW  
Departure time 1519  
Destination Rylstone NSW