Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft 95-C55, VH-ARY, Airstrip three miles north-west of Andamooka Opal Field, SA

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Status: Completed
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After taxiing towards the south western end of the strip which is 4,000 feet long, the pilot decided he would take off into the south west in light wind conditions. He turned and then taxied to the north eastern end of the strip and after making a fast turn through 180 degrees to avoid a soft boggy area, he commenced take off from a rolling start. The pilot employed a short field take off technique and the aircraft became airborne at approximately 65 knots after a ground roll of some 900 feet. As the speed was approaching 80 knots the pilot selected the landing gear "UP" and almost simultaneously the port engine lost power. The safe speed for take off is 90 knots. The pilot corrected the initial swing to the left which the aircraft developed but he was unable to maintain directional and lateral control and the aircraft struck a sand hill some 2,700 feet from the point where take off commenced and 400 feet to the left of the strip.

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General details
Date: 18 July 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0715 CST    
Location: Andamooka Opal Fields    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 10 March 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-ARY  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Andamooka Opal Fields  
Destination Adelaide  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 0 2 0 2
Serious: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 3 0 4
Last update 01 April 2011