Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172-M, VH-DXE, 5 km NW of Palparara Station, 140 km NW Windorah QLD, 17 July 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After landing on a claypan, the pilot taxied the aircraft along a track to pick up a passenger. The right mainwheel entered an area of bulldust and the aircraft swung to the right off the track. As the pilot was manoeuvring the aircraft back onto the track the right wing struck a tree. The pilot was attempting to save time by taxying towards the passenger. Forward visibility was impaired as the pilot was looking into the sun and there was glare on the windscreen. The tree struck was the only obstruction in the area.

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General details
Date: 17 July 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545    
Location: 5 km NW of Palparara Station, 140 km NW Windorah    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 September 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-DXE  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Palparara Station QLD  
Departure time 1540  
Destination 5 km NW of Palparara Station QLD