Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control - Cessna 172H, VH-RZV, near Cunnamulla Aerodrome Qld, 30 June 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 30 June 2010, a Cessna Aircraft Company 172H (C172), registered VH-RZV, with one pilot on board, was engaged in cattle spotting, about 21 km NNW of Cunnamulla, Queensland (Qld.).

While orbiting a water trough at about 500 ft, the pilot lost control of the aircraft. Damage to the aircraft was consistent with the right wing colliding with a tree branch, followed by the aircraft impacting the ground inverted, with a steep nose-down attitude

The pilot sustained serious injuries and the aircraft was severely damaged. The pilot reported that the most likely reason for the accident was an inadvertent stall. This probably occurred while the pilot was performing a steep turn, with his attention divided between flying the aircraft and looking for cattle.

Most stall/spin accidents occur when a pilot is momentarily distracted from the primary task of flying the aircraft. This accident highlights that even an experienced pilot performing a familiar task can be momentarily distracted, resulting in the loss of control of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 30 June 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Cunnamulla Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 January 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-RZV  
Serial number 17255652  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Unknown  
Destination Baroona Station Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018