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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215173
Last updated: 18 August 2019
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Time:14:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic YAK9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-9UM
Registration: VH-YIX
C/n / msn: 0470409
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tanjil, S of Gippsland, VIC -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Latrobe Regional Airport
Destination airport:
The aircraft crashed in a field 20 km W of Latrobe Valley Airport. There was no fire on impact. The pilot died.

ATSB preliminary report:

On 7 September 2018, a Yakovlev Aircraft Factories YAK-9UM aircraft, registered VH-YIX (Figure 1), was being operated on a private flight from Latrobe Regional Airport, Victoria. The pilot/owner of the aircraft was the sole occupant.

The aircraft departed the airport at about 1425 Eastern Standard Time.[1] Recorded air traffic control data showed that the aircraft initially tracked from the airport to the west toward Morwell, climbing to about 2,600 ft and heading north-west near Moe.

Several witnesses described seeing the aircraft conducting aerial manoeuvres to the north of Moe and video footage from a witness showed the aircraft in a steep spiralling dive shortly before it collided with terrain (Figure 2). Other witnesses described seeing the aircraft moments prior to the accident with the engine ‘not revving very loudly’, and ‘making popping noises’. The aircraft was destroyed, and the pilot was fatally injured.

Site and wreckage examination
On-site examination of the wreckage and surrounding ground markings indicated that the aircraft impacted terrain in a right-wing low, nose‑down attitude. The tail of the aircraft separated from the fuselage during the accident sequence. Both wings, the forward fuselage and the cockpit were substantially disrupted and compressed from vertical impact forces. An extensive area surrounding the accident site was contaminated with fuel that was released when the wing tanks ruptured. The degree of propeller damage observed on-site was consistent with the engine producing a level of power at the time of impact.

The ATSB recovered a number of components from the accident site for further examination. The aircraft was not equipped with a flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder, nor was it required to be.


Previous incident of VH-YIX, 2015 :



Photo of VH-YIX courtesy

Adelaide - Parafield (YPPF)
25 March 2012; (c) Andrei Bezmylov

Photo: Robert Frola, 15 March 2009

Avalon, Victoria, 27MAR2007

Revision history:

07-Sep-2018 07:15 Iceman 29 Added
07-Sep-2018 07:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
07-Sep-2018 07:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
07-Sep-2018 07:33 Iceman 29 Updated [Time]
07-Sep-2018 07:45 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Sep-2018 07:48 Iceman 29 Updated [Total fatalities, Embed code]
07-Sep-2018 07:56 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Phase, Source]
07-Sep-2018 09:28 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Photo]
07-Sep-2018 09:31 harro Updated [Source]
07-Sep-2018 11:34 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
07-Sep-2018 11:56 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]
07-Sep-2018 16:16 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
09-Sep-2018 07:39 Libfan Updated [Photo]
15-Nov-2018 11:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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