Aviation safety investigations & reports

Jodel D11, VH-DEA, 5km SE of Kendenup (340km SE Perth) WA, 7 January 1991

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was carrying out a survey flight of his property to locate a vehicle. The aircraft was observed by ground witnesses, near the vehicle, to commence a descending right hand turn with the apparent intention of landing in a cleared paddock adjacent to the one in which the vehicle was located. The aircraft appeared to lose altitude suddenly after it had completed about 270 degrees of the turn and the right wing touched the ground. The aircraft cartwheeled to a stop. The pilot survived the accident but is unable to remember anything about it. It is probable that the pilot was concentrating his attention on either the ground party or the intended landing area and he allowed the aircraft to either stall or unintentionally lose height. The wing struck the ground before the pilot was able to take action to recover the aircraft to level flight.

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General details
Date: 07 January 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 900    
Location   (show map): 5km SE of Kendenup (340km SE Perth)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 July 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jodel, Societs Des Avions  
Aircraft model D11  
Aircraft registration VH-DEA  
Serial number W15  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kendenup WA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Kendenup WA  
Last update 13 May 2014