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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145333
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:29-APR-2012
Time:08:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-UWR
C/n / msn: 15079278
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Weilmoringle Road, 55km north-east of Bourke, New South Wales -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Warraweena Homestead, NSW
Destination airport:Warraweena Homestead, NSW
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
On the morning of 29 April 2012, the owner-pilot of a Cessna 150 aircraft, registered VH-UWR was aerial stock mustering on a cattle station about 55 km north-east of Bourke, New South Wales. Some early patches of fog cleared such that the weather conditions were fine and calm.

After about 1.5 hours in the air, the pilot radioed stockmen on the ground to direct them to an area where cattle were not moving. The aircraft was observed circling over the area then in a steep descent followed by the sound of an impact. The aircraft was seriously damaged and the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

While manoeuvring at low level the pilot inadvertently allowed the aircraft to aerodynamically stall, resulting in a high rate of descent and collision with terrain. There was insufficient information about pilot control inputs to establish the factors that precipitated the stall.

The pilot did not hold a valid medical certificate and had not completed a flight review for a number of years, increasing the risks of operating an aircraft, especially during aerial stock mustering.

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2012/aair/ao-2012-059.aspx
2. http://www.merredinmercury.com.au/news/national/national/general/solo-pilot-dies-as-plane-crashes-mustering-cattle-near-bourke/2537749.aspx
3. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/bourke-grazier-exmayor-dies-in-plane-crash-20120429-1xtcz.html
4. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-24/report-into-fatal-plane-crash-at-bourke/4029840
5. NSW Police Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/nsw-police-force/plane-crash-bourke/10150688832966394
6. http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/former-mayor-dies-in-mustering-crash/2538204.aspx
7. https://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120508X81441&key=1


Images:

Photo of VH-UWR courtesy AirHistory.net


Dubbo (YSDU / DBO)
30 September 2007; (c) Phil Vabre

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Apr-2012 03:59 gerard57 Added
29-Apr-2012 08:10 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
18-Jun-2013 03:46 harro Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2014 00:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
08-Apr-2016 12:48 Kardz Updated [Operator]

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