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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 393
Last updated: 25 February 2019
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Date:12-NOV-1996
Time:14:00 ESuT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna U206F
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-RPW
C/n / msn: U206-02836
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:25km ENE Canberra, Aerodrome, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Turalla, NSW
Destination airport:Coolah, NSW
Narrative:
The pilot had planned a visual flight rules (VFR) flight to Coolah. A significant ridgeline, oriented approximately
north-south and extending for many kilometres, was located about 1 km to the west of the airstrip. The surface
winds were from the north-west at a reported strength of 15-20 kts, with some stronger gusts.

Witnesses observed the aircraft take off to the north-west and climb into wind for a distance of about 0.5 km. It then turned right onto a northerly heading and tracked parallel to the ridgeline but appeared to gain altitude very slowly, reaching a maximum height of about 200 ft.

Approximately 2 km to the north of the airstrip, the aircraft was observed to abruptly adopt a nose-high attitude.
The attitude then levelled and the aircraft turned left, whilst losing altitude, until it was tracking downwind in an
easterly direction. At this time the aircraft commenced to roll from side to side before the left wing suddenly
dropped. It then descended steeply until it collided with the ground and caught fire. The pilot and both passengers
sustained fatal injuries.

Sources:

ATSB Occurrence Nr. 199603734


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
19-Mar-2015 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
19-Mar-2015 22:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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