Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172 N, VH-BEM, Camden NSW, 25 May 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being taxied on an apron between several hangars. Painted guide lines were provided to allow obstacle clearance, however the pilot had difficulty seeing the lines over the nose cowling. As the aircraft passed a parked aircraft on the right, the left wing struck a power pole. The pilot had evidently not followed the marked guide lines. The pole struck had a weathered appearance, and was not easily distinguished against the grey colour of the hangar wall. The pilot also commented that he was distracted by the presence of the parked aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 May 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1150    
Location: Camden    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 14 July 1986   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-BEM  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Camden NSW  
Departure time 1035  
Destination Camden NSW