Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transavta PL12 Airtruk, VH-TRJ, Inverell, NSW, 6 September 1973

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft commenced operations from an agricultural airstrip on Warrawee Station at about 1100 hours on the day of the accident and, on each flight, some 860 kg of superphosphate was uplifted and spread on properties in the area. At about 1200 hours, when 13 flights had been completed, operations ceased temporarily while the personnel concerned had a meal break. The aircraft was then refuelled, operations recommenced about 1230 hours and six further flights were completed. After being reloaded with superphosphate, the aircraft commenced another take-off but at a point some 44 metres along the take-off path, the nose wheel support assembly collapsed. The aircraft skidded for 7 metres on the collapsed assembly until the structure dug into the ground and the aircraft nosed over. The pilot's compartment was partially crushed as the aircraft came to rest in an inverted position.
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General details
Date: 06 September 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300 EST    
Location: Inverell    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 02 May 1975   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-TRJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Warrawee Station  
Departure time 1300  
Destination Warrawee Station  
Last update 01 April 2011