Aviation safety investigations & reports

Lockheed Hudson MK 3, VH-AGX, Thursday Island Horn Island, Qld, 22 December 1973

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At a speed estimated by the pilot as 80 knots, he observed fluctuations in the oil pressure gauge of the port engine and he closed both throttles and abandoned the take-off. The tail of the aircraft was well off the ground at this stage, the pilot therefore attempted to lower the tail but the aircraft became airborne for a short period. He then took control action to return first the mainwheels and subsequently the tail wheel to the runway. When all three wheels were on the ground, heavy braking was applied but the aircraft over-ran the runway, continued through the prepared over-run area and finally ran into a creek some 180 metres beyond the sealed end of the runway.
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General details
Date: 22 December 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0735 EST    
Location: Thursday Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 22 August 1977   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model Hudson MK3  
Aircraft registration VH-AGX  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Thursday Island  
Departure time 0734  
Destination Thursday Island  
Last update 13 May 2014