ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 310
Last updated: 8 December 2016
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Narrative:The pilot of the Cessna 210 was to be accompanied by five passengers on a flight from Merimbula to Albury. The aircraft departed Merimbula at 1200 Eastern Standard Time and the pilot reported to flight service that he was tracking for Cooma and was on climb to 10,000 ft. Although the aircraft would not enter controlled airspace until just before Albury, an en-route radar controller would provide the pilot with a flight information service from 30 NM south east of Cooma
|C/n / msn:|| 21064996|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mount Jagungal, Kosciuszko National Park, 16 km W Eucumbene, NSW -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Merimbula, NSW (MIM/YMER)|
|Destination airport:||Albury, NSW (ABX/YMAY)|
The aircraft disappeared from the controller's radar display at 1257. The last return received from the transponder indicated an altitude of 8,800 ft with a radar-derived ground speed of 47 knots. During the last 20 seconds of recorded data, the transponder indicated a descent of approximately 200 feet, without any significant increase in groundspeed.
Prior to disappearing from radar the aircraft was flying directly towards Mount Jagungal (6,760 ft AMSL) and was operating downwind of the mountain. Several witnesses had seen or heard the aircraft shortly before the accident. One witness saw the aircraft fly overhead, making slow progress towards Mount Jagungal. The engine sounded as if it was operating normally and could still be heard even after visual contact with the aircraft was lost.
The witnesses described a low layer of broken cloud close to the ground, with the aircraft apparently flying in clear air above this cloud. Several persons on the ground reported that the aircraft noise increased in pitch, as if in a dive, shortly before the sound of an impact. This account of engine operation to the point of impact indicates that there was no significant reduction in engine power during the final stages of the flight.
The following morning the aircraft wreckage was located at a position that was consistent with the last recorded radar data. It had impacted the ground at high speed, in a near vertical attitude, and in an apparent left turn. Impact forces had destroyed the aircraft, and all six persons on board sustained fatal injuries. The accident site was located 3.4 NM directly east of Mount Jagungal, in the Kosciuszko National Park, 16 km West of Eucumbene, NSW, approximately 5,700 ft above mean sea level.
The impact crater contained the engine and the forward section of the fuselage. The remainder of the wreckage was located a short distance away. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any defect that could have affected the operation of the aircraft prior to impact.
||Updated [Total occupants, Total fatalities]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]|
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