Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182K, VH-DVO, Minlaton, SA, 1 October 1969

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot began his take-off run from a paddock which he had inspected some days earlier. He abandoned the take-off when the nosewheel struck a lime stone block at a point 75 yards along the take-off path and covered by a smooth mound of earth. The pilot then inspected the nosewheel assembly and engine cowlings but did not detect any damage. In fact, the impact had bent the nosewheel rim and trim and had pushed the nosewheel struts slightly rearward distorting the fire-wall and wrinkling the underside of the fuselage. The fuselage distortion displaced the elevator control cable pulleys which resulted in slackening of the elevator cables. As the pilot had detected no damage he then restarted the aircraft, and completed a pre take-off cockpit check, but did not check the flying controls. He took off and climbed to 1,500 feet where, on levelling out, he became aware of abnormal free play in the elevator controls. Without delay he made a safe landing in another paddock. The free play in the elevator controls was found to be 1 1/2 inches at the pilot controls and 5 1/2 inches at the elevator trailing edge.
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General details
Date: 01 October 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1240 CST    
Location: Minlaton    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 06 May 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-DVO  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Minlaton  
Departure time 1240  
Destination Minlaton  
Last update 01 April 2011