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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89905
Last updated: 24 June 2018
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Time:ca 21:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic C310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 310R
Owner/operator:Barrier Air (owner: David Harding)
Registration: VH-XGX
C/n / msn: 310R-0058
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:About 1km from Nguiu Airstrip -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Bathurst Island, NT
Destination airport:Darwin, NT
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 5 February 2011, the pilot of a Cessna Aircraft Company 310R aircraft, registered VH-XGX, was conducting a return flight to Darwin, Northern Territory, following a charter flight to Bathurst Island. The pilot departed from Bathurst Island Aerodrome at approximately 21:40 and the aircraft collided with terrain shortly thereafter - approximately 1 km from the upwind end of the departure runway. The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, sustained fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed by the impact forces and a post-impact fire.

The ATSB did not identify any technical deficiencies within the aircraft that may have contributed to the impact with terrain. The location of the wreckage, together with the dark night conditions and the relatively light load of the aircraft suggested that it was likely that the pilot was influenced by the effects of somatogravic illusion following takeoff. The somatogravic illusion is a powerful human physiological illusion that produces an upward-pitching sensation under conditions of acceleration accompanied by limited visual or other references.


Revision history:

06-Feb-2011 05:39 gerard57 Added
06-Feb-2011 14:02 harro Updated [Operator, Source]
07-Feb-2011 14:23 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
30-Mar-2011 03:51 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Jun-2012 00:44 harro Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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