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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Time:22:00 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT8T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-802A
Owner/operator:Mark Harlen/Aymchime Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-CJZ
MSN: 802A-0055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:"Collymongle", 19 km E Collarenebri, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:'Collymongle', NSW
Destination airport:'Collymongle', NSW
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 9 December 2006, the pilot of an Air Tractor Inc. AT802A aircraft, registered VH-CJZ, was conducting night agricultural spraying operations under the night visual flight rules, at a property 19 km NE of Collarenebri, NSW.

In conjunction with a pilot in another agricultural spraying aircraft from the same aircraft operator, the Air Tractor pilot was utilising an airstrip located on the property as a base for the spraying operation. At about 2140 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, the aircraft was returning to the airstrip when it impacted the ground 1.4 km WSW of the landing strip.

The pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire.

ATSB Conclusions:
1. There was minimal ground and celestial lighting available to assist the pilot in maintaining external visual reference when turning towards the landing strip.
2. The pilot probably experienced spatial disorientation, which led to either controlled flight into terrain or loss of control of the aircraft resulting in it impacting the ground.
3. The pilot had limited recent night flying experience



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

Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
26-Jan-2008 23:10 Andrew Whitton Updated
11-Aug-2009 09:27 Anon. Updated
14-Apr-2014 21:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Apr-2014 21:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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