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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 276
Last updated: 29 March 2019
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Date:09-APR-1995
Time:09:30 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-FFZ
C/n / msn: 172-68792
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Uteara Station, 78km W Bourke, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Uteara Station, NSW
Destination airport:Uteara Station, NSW
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
On 9 April 1995, the pilot was conducting bore-hole inspections from the air and had advised his son by radio that he was returning to the station airstrip at Uteara, NSW, to refuel. A few minutes later, the son who was mustering sheep at the time, came across the aircraft wreckage where it had crashed under trees in a nose-down, near vertical attitude.

The pattern of damage to the left wing indicated that the aircraft had been rotating to the left when it struck the ground

The pilot, the sole occupant, had sustained fatal injuries. An inspection of the aircraft did not reveal any evidence of pre-impact defects. The engine was running at impact, some flap was extended and there was evidence of post-impact fuel leakage. The nature of the impact indicates that the pilot lost control of the aircraft and was unable to regain control prior to impact with the ground. The reason for the apparent loss of control was not determined.

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1995/aair/aair199501063.aspx
2. http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24975/ASOR199501063.pdf

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
27-Apr-2014 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
27-Apr-2014 00:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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