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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209303
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M
Registration: VH-IEB
MSN: 17263110
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Broken Hill Airport (YBHI), Broken Hill, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Oakdale Station, NSW
Destination airport:YBHI
Investigating agency: BASI
During an early morning inspection of Broken Hill aerodrome the groundsman discovered an aircraft upside down about 300 m short of runway 23, just outside the aerodrome boundary. The owner was contacted by the local police who advised them that his aircraft had been stolen. Further police enquiries revealed that the owner had actually been the pilot, who now claimed he was suffering from amnesia, possibly caused by a head injury as the aircraft rolled over. Later the pilot stated that he had departed his property at approximately 2000 CSuT for Broken Hill, with an arrival time of 2016 CSuT. He joined the circuit on downwind for runway 23, reduced engine power and lowered 20 degrees of flap. Turning base leg he recalled that the engine appeared to be sluggish to throttle movement when an increase in power was required to overcome an excessive sink rate, which he thought may have been caused by the very high temperature of the day. He then retracted the flaps as he was worried that the aircraft might stall. This action probably increased the sink rate. The aircraft contacted the ground heavily well short of the runway, continued for several metres before contacting obstacles and rolling inverted.


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


Photo of VH-IEB courtesy

Noosa (YNSH / NSV)
19 August 1987; (c) AustAirData Collection

Revision history:

15-Apr-2018 06:28 Pineapple Added

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