Incident Cessna U206G VH-RPV, Thursday 2 January 1997
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Date:Thursday 2 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna U206G
Registration: VH-RPV
MSN: U20605763
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:53km ESE of Oenpelli, NT -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Mamadawerre, NT
Destination airport:Gudjekbinj Outstation, NT
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was conducting a routine food and medical supply flight to several outstation settlements. Visual meteorological condition (VMC) existed when he departed, but with storm activity observed along the route, and a cyclone in the area. Approximately 1.5 minutes from the destination a rapid deterioration in the weather conditions to below VMC prevented the pilot from landing so he decided to divert to Oenpelli. He was again confronted by deteriorating weather conditions making further diversions necessary. He notified Adelaide Flight Service of the diversions and then attempted to return to his departure aerodrome, which also proved impossible. After spending sometime dodging around storms and heavy rain in an attempt to find a suitable airstrip, then faced with the approach of evening and fading daylight, he decided his safest action would be to find a suitable area for a precautionary landing. He was unable to re-establish contact with Adelaide Flight Service to advise his intentions. He found a relatively flat area on top of an escarpment, but during the landing roll, the aircraft struck vegetation, causing the right wing to detach and the aircraft to roll onto its right side. The pilot and passenger evacuated the aircraft, then activated the ELT which was monitored by Airservices Australia SAR via satelite, and their location known. Because of the cyclone and adverse weather conditions a search could not be initiated until the next morning. They spent the night in the aircraft to shelter from continuous heavy rain, then rescued next morning by helicopter.

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


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