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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179
Last updated: 24 April 2019
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Date:24-DEC-2006
Time:09:30 ESuT
Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster J1/A1
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-ALO
C/n / msn: 2164
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Nelson Aerodrome, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Nelson, Victoria
Destination airport:Wakerie, South Australia
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
On 24 December 2006, the owner-pilot of an Auster Aircraft Company J1/A1 aircraft, registered VH-ALO, was intending to ferry the aircraft from a private airstrip at Nelson, Vic, to Akuna station S.A. The pilot was the sole occupant. At approximately 0930 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, the pilot commenced a takeoff towards the west.

Three people were standing between two hangars that were to the north of the airstrip and they observed that the aircraft became airborne before it reached the taxiway leading from the hangars to the runway.

When the aircraft was adjacent to the taxiway, it made a low level right turn towards the hangars.

One witness, who was an experienced pilot, reported that the aircraft climbed suddenly just prior to striking a power line that was located on the airstrip side of the hangars. The aircraft then drifted over open space between the two hangers on a northerly heading; the left wing was seen to drop and the aircraft impacted the ground almost vertically. The pilot was fatally injured.

Sources:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2006/aair/aair200607801.aspx
http://www.auster.com.au/vh-alo.html
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austa/VH-ALO.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
26-Jan-2008 23:12 Andrew Whitton Updated
04-Jun-2012 14:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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