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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33585
Last updated: 4 November 2020
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Date:03-MAR-1974
Time:17:30 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150
Owner/operator:G.M. Ferguson
Registration: VH-DFR
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Anna Creek Station, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Anna Creek Station, SA
Destination airport:Anna Creek Station, SA
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
After a short local flight the aircraft returned to the landing area and made a low run, at a height estimated as between 30 and 100 feet, in a south-easterly direction and passed near the group of persons on the ground. This was followed by a run at a similar height in a north-westerly direction and a further similar run to the south-east.

Shortly after passing near the group of spectators on the third run, a steep climb was commenced and, at the top of the climb, the left wing dropped until the aircraft was almost inverted, the nose lowered and the aircraft rotated to the left as it dived towards the ground. The rotation appeared to cease just before the aircraft struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude and burst into flames.

The two persons on board that were killed were named as:
Gordon Munro FERGUSON (pilot, aged 55)
Paul SIMMONDS (Passenger)

NTSB Conclusion: The probable cause of the accident was that the pilot allowed the aircraft to stall at a height too low for recovery to be effected

Sources:

1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1974/aair/aair197404552.aspx
2. http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24769/197404552.pdf

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
20-Apr-2014 22:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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