Aviation safety investigations & reports

Sander Veenstra SV-8 (Substantially modified), Not Registered, "Rose Park" 6 km ESE of Tarrawingee VIC, 13 January 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After taking off in calm, fine weather conditions, the pilot climbed the aircraft to a height of about 500 above the ground and commenced a series of manoeuvres incorporating steep angles of bank. During the nose-down segment of a wing-over, the aircraft was seen to be near vertical and to accelerate rapidly before pulling up into a steep turn at about 200 feet above the ground. The turn was tightened to at least 60 degrees of bank, and shortly afterwards the right wing failed. The aircraft fell to the ground at high speed and collided with a fence post after sliding for 18 metres. The aircraft had been substantially modified by the pilot, and was being operated at well in excess of the design weight. The wing spar had failed as a result of the overload forces applied to the structure during the sequence of manoeuvres.

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General details
Date: 13 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1915    
Location: "Rose Park" 6 km ESE of Tarrawingee    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 26 April 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Unknown  
Aircraft model Sander Veenstra SV-8 (Substantially modified)  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Rose Park VIC  
Departure time 1910  
Destination Rose Park VIC