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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 690
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Time:18:36 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28RT-201
Registration: VH-ESK
MSN: 28R-8118073
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:42km NW Adelaide, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Ceduna, SA (YCDU)
Destination airport:Adelaide-Parafield, SA (ADL/YPAD)
Investigating agency: BASI
The aircraft was inbound to Adelaide from Ceduna and had been cleared by ATC to descend from 5000 feet to maintain 1000 feet AMSL. The aircraft was observed on radar to be passing 2600 feet on descent at about 46km north west Adelaide but shortly later the return had disappeared.

A Distress Phase was initiated when communication could not be re-established with the aircraft. Another aircraft in the area reported a cloud base of about 600 feet with rain showers. Later interpretation of the radar tape shows the aircraft leveling at 1000 feet then commencing a steepening descending left turn until lost from the radar at about 300 feet.

An air and sea search found pieces of floating wreckage and other debris. Later searching discovered the wreckage on the sea bed in the vicinity of the point where the aircraft was last seen on radar.

Underwater photography showed that the aircraft had sustained extensive damage, indicating a high speed impact with the water. All extremities of the aircraft could be accounted for. The instrument panel was recovered from the wreckage for further analysis which revealed that all instruments had been serviceable, and that vacuum pressure was available for the gyro instruments.

During inspection of the attitude indicator, witness marks indicated that the aircraft was probably in a wings level, 60 degree nose down attitude at impact.

ATSB Conclusions:
1. It is likely that the pilot inadvertently entered instrument meteorological conditions.
2. While attempting to regain visual reference, control of the aircraft was lost at a height insufficient to effect recovery



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

Revision history:

21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
25-Apr-2014 04:58 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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