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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 288
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Time:11:17 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182J
Registration: VH-GEN
C/n / msn: 182-57032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6.5 km N of Esk, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lightning Ridge, Queensland
Destination airport:Caloundra, Queensland (CUD/YCDR)
Investigating agency: ATSB
The pilot of a Cessna 182J was conducting a private visual flight rules (VFR) flight, with one passenger, from Lightning Ridge, Queensland to Caloundra, Queensland. The passenger was also a qualified private pilot.

The aircraft became lost in cloud, after changing from its intended path to avoid a potential collision with an RAAF F-111 operating out of RAAF Amberley, Queensland

After the aircraft was established on track for Caloundra and was still in IMC, the controller became concerned that the aircraft was heading for an area of higher terrain, where the radar lowest safe altitude, as specified on the radar terrain clearance chart, was 3,800 feet. As a result, the controller instructed the pilot to turn right heading 130 degrees (a turn of about 90 degrees).

The aircraft was passing 3,700 feet when the pilot commenced the right turn. Recorded radar data indicated that the aircraft continued the right turn through the assigned heading and that the aircraft ground speed and rate of descent increased during the turn.

The aircraft SSR return disappeared from the radar display at approximately 11:16 as the aircraft was passing 3,200 feet on a heading of about 210 degrees. Controllers at Amberley reported that that was consistent with known radar coverage in the area. The pilot responded to a question from the controller regarding the aircraft's in-flight conditions at approximately 11:16:00.

Radio contact with the pilot was lost after that time. The Amberley approach supervisor subsequently contacted the emergency services number to find out if there had been any reports of accidents. The supervisor was switched through to Ipswich police, who advised that they had received a report of an accident in the Esk area.

The wreckage of the aircraft was located approximately 6.5 km north of Esk on flat pastoral land. A nearby resident caught a glimpse of the aircraft just before impact and then observed a plume of fuel and debris. He immediately notified emergency services, who recorded the call at 11:17:30.

Impact evidence indicated that the aircraft was in a left turn in a nose-low attitude and that the aircraft was not in a stalled condition. This is consistent with witness reports that indicate the aircraft was descending in a left turn. The impact destroyed the aircraft and both occupants were fatally injured.



Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation IR20060009 issued 16 December 1999 by ATSB to Australian Defence Force

Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
29-Apr-2014 01:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-May-2014 21:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]

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