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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146004
Last updated: 18 June 2020
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Time:10:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182Q Skylane
Owner/operator:Walgett Aero Club Inc.
Registration: VH-CWQ
C/n / msn: 182-67031
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Exmouth, 15 km north of Tooraweenah, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Walgett Airport (YWLG)
Destination airport:Mudgee Airport (YMDG)
Investigating agency: ATSB
A spokeswoman for Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) confirmed they were searching for a Cessna 182Q Skylane that left Walgett Airport - YWLG, Monday 4 june at 09:43 LT, on its way to Mudgee Airport - YMDG.

She said AusSAR launched the search after receiving a report at 12:15 LT that the plane's lone pilot was two hours overdue at his destination.

At 15:55 LT searchers located the wreckage of the Cessna 100 feet below the summit of Mount Exmouth in the Warrumbungle Mountains, 15 km north of Tooraweenah, New South Wales. Reports advised that there appeared to be no survivor.

The body of a pilot has been found in the wreckage of the second plane to crash in NSW in the past week.

ATSB Conclusions:
1. The pilot was probably flying with forward visibility sufficiently obscured by cloud to not be able to see and avoid the rising terrain.
2. The pilot did not select a flight track to avoid the rising terrain or a diversion to a suitable aerodrome, which would have been an effective measure to manage the deteriorating weather.
3. No anomalies were found in the flight control systems or the airframe structure able to be examined that might have contributed to the accident.
4. The weather deteriorated as predicted in the relevant weather forecasts.



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


Photo of VH-CWQ courtesy

Young (YYNG / NGA)
21 April 1995; (c) David Tanner (via Daniel Tanner)

Revision history:

04-Jun-2012 01:03 gerard57 Added
04-Jun-2012 05:18 bp Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2012 07:39 gerard57 Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Damage]
05-Jun-2012 00:18 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2012 00:56 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2014 18:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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