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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 325
Last updated: 24 September 2021
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Time:18:15 ESuT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150L
Registration: VH-RBB
MSN: A15-00449
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km E of Canberra International Airport, Canberra, ACT -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Canberra International Airport (CBR/YSCB)
Destination airport:Canberra International Airport (CBR/YSCB)
Investigating agency: ATSB
The student pilot hired a Cessna A150L aircraft to undertake a local training flight with an instructor. The aircraft departed Canberra airport at approximately 17:05 Eastern Summer Time (ESuT) and proceeded directly to the training area. The aircraft entered the circuit area for a landing at Canberra about 1.2 hours later.

At that time, the pilot was instructed by air traffic control to track the aircraft in order to position it on a left downwind leg for a landing on runway 12. However, the controller observed the aircraft positioning for a right downwind leg. The controller instructed the pilot to turn left onto a heading of 090 degrees to re-position for a left circuit. Following the turn, the student pilot and instructor observed a decrease in engine power.

The instructor resumed control of the aircraft and attempted to diagnose the loss of power. The engine surged a number of times and then lost power entirely, including stoppage of the propeller. The instructor transmitted a mayday message, and was cleared by the controller to track for the closest runway. When it became apparent that the aircraft would not reach the runway, the instructor changed heading and was manoeuvring to land in a field when the aircraft struck a tree and impacted the ground.

Both occupants were injured in the accident, but vacated the aircraft through the left door. There was no post-impact fire. The instructor died seven days later as a result of complications associated with injuries suffered in the accident.



Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
08-Mar-2015 17:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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