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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213872
Last updated: 27 August 2019
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Date:04-JAN-1975
Time:17:30
Type:Taylor Monoplane
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-CKC
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Port Grey, WA -   Australia
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:YGEL
Destination airport:YGEL
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
The aircraft, which was not equipped nor required to be equipped with a communications radio, was seen to take off normally from Geraldton Aerodrome. A short time later, it was heard in the Geraldton area flying apparently normally above a layer of broken stratus cloud which extended from 1700 to 2000 feet above moderate sea level. It was subsequently seen below the cloud, descending and turning to the right and it then dived steeply into the sea about one kilometre off the shoreline of Port Grey.

Most of the aircraft wreckage was recovered and a detailed examination disclosed no evidence of any pre-existing defect or malfunction of the aircraft or its equipment which may have contributed to the accident. The propeller shaft extension assembly was found to be intact. It is estimated that the gross weight of the aircraft at the time of the accident was some 20 kilograms in excess of the maximum take-off weight for the aircraft type but this is not considered to have been significant and the centre of gravity was within safe limits. Post-mortem examination disclosed that the pilot had a heart condition which could have led to him being incapacitated in flight but this is no more than a speculative possibility. Nevertheless, it seems likely that accident was preceded by the pilot losing control of the aircraft.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1975/aair/aair197505424/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24779/197505424.pdf

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


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