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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27148
Last updated: 27 May 2020
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Time:10:51 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AC50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Commander 500A
Owner/operator:Fairbairn Air Charter Pty. Ltd
Registration: VH-AGA
C/n / msn: 500-A-1253-77
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goulburn Airport, 4.3 miles S of Goulburn, New South Wales. -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Canberra, ACT
Destination airport:Goulburn Airport, NSW (GUL/YGLB)
Investigating agency: BASI
On 1 December 1984, VH-AGA was being used to transport equipment for members of the Bathurst Aero Club, who were to carry out training in the Commander 500 at Goulburn Airport. As the pilot was undergoing formation flying training, it was decided that he would lead a formation of two aircraft for the flight. A briefing on the procedures to be followed was carried out.

During the flight the pilot of the second aircraft began to suspect the accuracy of his aircraft's airspeed indicator and requested that it be checked against that of VH-AGA as they joined the circuit. The pilot of VH-AGA extended the landing gear and flew the initial leg of the circuit at an indicated airspeed of 96 knots. At the end of this leg the pilot turned sharply to the left, the nose dropped slightly and the aircraft flicked into a steep right turn.

VH-AGA then assumed a steep nose down attitude, however the pilot was able to level the wings and raise the nose to the level attitude before impact. The impact occurred at a very high rate of sink. The pilot had not previously practised steep turns at relatively slow speed and was not aware of the stalling speed in the given configuration and attitude. The pilot was subsequently unable to recall the reason for attempting a steeper than normal turn.

When the aircraft stalled the pilot was unable to effect a full recovery in the height available before the impact with the ground. Unfortunately this spelt the end for VH-AGA. The wreckage was recovered as an insurance write-off and then stored in the back of a hangar at Goulburn Airport where it remained until late 1989.

At this time it was dismantled and moved to Bankstown Airport by its new owners Helimuster Pty Ltd. Helimuster were operating another Aero Commander 500A (VH-IOE s/n 985-34) at the time and were chasing spares. At this time all non-recoverable sections were scrapped. The parts were then moved to Warnervale Airport in late 1993 and finally purchased by Denis Beahan Aircraft Pty Ltd and moved by container to Roma Airport, Queensland during April 2001



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


Photo of VH-AGA courtesy

Mildura (YMIA / MQL)
18 October 1984; (c) David Tanner (via Daniel Tanner)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-Apr-2014 18:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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