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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213723
Last updated: 13 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180
Owner/operator:Condobolin Aero Club Ltd
Registration: VH-POK
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:6.5km WSW of Narromine, NSW -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Narromine, NSW
Destination airport:Condobolin, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
The four occupants of the aircraft were members of Condobolin Aero Club and each held a Private Pilot Licence. Earlier in the day they had flown from Condobolin to Narromine to take part in a flying competition. Four other club members had also flown to Narromine in another Club aircraft. A flight plan covering both the outward and the return flight of VH-POK had been submitted to Dubbo Flight Service Unit by telephone indicating that Walsh would be the pilot-in-command. Walsh had occupied the left front seat on the outward flight with Carey in the right front seat. For the return flight, Marshman occupied the left front seat with Carey again in the right front seat. The aircraft was fitted with full dual controls. From the evidence available it was not possible to determine who was the pilot-in-command. When the two aircraft departed from Narromine for the return flight, there were isolated thunderstorms in the area. The pilot of the other aircraft took off 1.5 minutes ahead of VH-POK, made a routine departure call to the Dubbo Flight Service Unit, and completed the flight to Condobolin without difficulty. He later reported that, although he had made a diversion soon after take-off to avoid light rain showers, there were no storms at that time in the vicinity of the accident site. No radio communications were received from VH-POK either on the Flight Service frequency or the Narromine Club frequency. The wreckage of the aircraft was found next morning in a large open field about four miles from Narromine and one mile to the right of the direct track. The aircraft had struck the ground in a steep nose-down, left wing-down attitude and bounced a distance of thirty feet before coming to rest. At a prize-giving ceremony held in the clubrooms at the conclusion of the flying competition drinks had been served but Marshman drank only lemonade. Post-mortem examinations disclosed that in the case of Marshman, who had occupied the left control seat, the level of blood alcohol was nil, but in the case of the occupant of the right control seat, Carey, the level was such that, had he been pilot-in-command, his ability to so act would have been impaired. The examinations also disclosed that the occupants of the rear seats had consumed alcohol.


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

Revision history:

28-Jul-2018 11:54 Pineapple Added

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