Accident Cessna U206G VH-UFT, 21 Dec 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212710
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna U206G
Registration: VH-UFT
MSN: U20604593
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hicks Island Airport (YHKI), Hicks Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Lockhart River, Qld
Destination airport:YHKI
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 21 December 2013, at about 1230 Eastern Standard Time, a Cessna U206G aircraft, registered VH-UFT, departed Weipa for a charter flight to Hicks Island aeroplane landing area (ALA), Queensland. On board were the pilot and five passengers.
There was scattered cloud at different levels, showers of rain and a strong south-easterly wind. The pilot elected to cruise at about 1,500 ft above mean sea level (AMSL) until within 20 to 25 NM of Hicks Island, when the pilot descended the aircraft to remain clear of cloud.

After descending to about 500 ft above ground level (AGL), when about 20 NM from Hicks Island, the pilot was unable to continue the approach and remain in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) and attempted two more approaches. After unsuccessful attempts at reaching Hicks Island, the pilot elected to hold for about 40 minutes. After that time, the weather had not improved and the aircraft diverted to Lockhart River aerodrome.

After about 45 minutes on the ground, the pilot was advised that the weather at Haggerstone Island had improved and there were still showers in the area. At about 1520, the aircraft departed Lockhart River for Hicks Island, and about 30 minutes later, the pilot conducted an approach to runway 09. On final approach, at about 200 ft AGL, the aircraft encountered windshear, resulting in some loss of height.

The pilot continued the approach and after the initial touchdown, the aircraft remained on the ground for about 3-4 m then became airborne and subsequently bounced. The nose landing gear then contacted the ground and detached from the aircraft. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo: ATSB

Revision history:

29-Jun-2018 08:46 Pineapple Added
18-Jan-2020 09:44 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

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