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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58927
Last updated: 30 December 2020
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Time:14:17 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180
Registration: VH-DAC
C/n / msn: 28-7405190
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km NW of Donors Hill Station Homestead, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Normanton, Queensland (YNTN)
Destination airport:Mount Isa, Queensland (YBMA)
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 24 February 2009, at 1417 Eastern Standard Time, a Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee aircraft, registered VH-DAC, departed Normanton Airport, Queensland on a visual flight rules private flight to Mount Isa with the pilot as the sole occupant.

The aircraft did not arrive at Mount Isa as expected, and on the evening of 25 February 2009, a search and rescue helicopter located the wreckage of the aircraft at position 18'39.04" South and 140'31.20" East, which is about 8 km north-west of Donors Hill Station homestead, and 2.5 km east of the direct track from Normanton to Mount Isa.

The aircraft was seriously damaged and the pilot was fatally injured. Examination of the wreckage did not indicate any pre-existing technical fault that may have contributed to the accident.

The pilot was not qualified to fly in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). He may have inadvertently entered IMC while attempting to avoid rain and cloud associated with a weather system that was moving over the intended route at the time.

ATSB Conclusions:
1. The reported weather conditions at the time of the flight increased the risk of the pilot having
difficulty maintaining flight under the Visual Flight Rules.
2. The pilot was not qualified for instrument flight.
3. The pilot probably did not obtain the most recent weather forecast.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

11-Mar-2009 05:10 VH-KDK Added
15-Apr-2014 18:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2014 18:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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