Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bellanca 8GCBC Scout, VH-ADP, "Woodlands" 14 km NNE Finley NSW, 3 January 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had launched a glider from Tocumwal and was proceeding to Jerilderie Aerodrome to pick up another glider that had outlanded there. Enroute the tow cable was dropped at a strip and the aircraft landed to retrieve the cable which was placed in the back of the aircraft. The aircraft then departed the strip and was flown at low level towards Jerilderie. It subsequently struck two powerlines and dived into the ground, impacting 27 metres beyond the powerlines. The aircraft overturned before coming to rest 34 metres beyond the initial point of ground impact. The passenger was assisted from the wreckage by a passing motorist, however, before the pilot could be evacuated the wreckage burst into flames and further assistance was rendered impossible.

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General details
Date: 03 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1657    
Location: "Woodlands" 14 km NNE Finley    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 08 January 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bellanca Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 8  
Aircraft registration VH-ADP  
Serial number 241-77  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Tocumwal NSW  
Departure time 1610  
Destination Jerilderie NSW