Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, VH-MBN, Orange NSW, 19 November 1969

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft commenced its take off run to the south west on the 221 degrees strip into a wind of 15 to 20 knots from the south west. The strip is 2,950 feet long and the surface was firm and covered at the time with a dense growth of grass and lucerne to a depth of 4 to 8 inches. The aircraft did not become airborne until it had covered about two thirds of the available distance at which point the speed was in excess of 60 knots. The pilot then held the aircraft close to the ground to accelerate further before beginning the climb but, when 350 feet from the far end of the strip, the aircraft contacted the gently rising strip surface. It failed to become airborne again and it entered a dense growth of elephant grass after over-running the strip, and then struck the aerodrome boundary fence 230 feet beyond the end of the strip. The aircraft travelled a further 330 feet across an adjacent paddock and slewed 90 degrees to the left before coming to rest. Examination of the aircraft and engine did not reveal any defect which may have contributed to the occurrence. The aircraft performance charts indicates that while the dimensions of the strip could be regarded as somewhat marginal, the take-off should have been within the capacity of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 19 November 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1550 EST    
Location: Orange    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 16 June 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-MBN  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Orange  
Departure time 1550  
Destination Urana  
Last update 01 April 2011