Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aerostar TS-601, VH-CPH, Charleville QLD, 1 February 1979

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After lift-off at 85 knots, the pilot noted a positive rate of climb before retracting the landing gear and flaps. He then felt the aircraft sink and noted a high indicated rate of descent. Although full power was applied the descent continued until the aircraft struck the runway in a slightly nose-up attitude. The aircraft slid across the overrun area and through a fence before coming to rest. Fire broke out and engulfed the wreckage. At the time of the accident the aircraft weight was more than 200 kg above the maximum allowable and the centre of gravity was 142 mm forward of the forward limit. The pilot had been unable to retain control of the aircraft during the initial climb phase when the flaps were retracted at a relatively low airspeed.

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General details
Date: 01 February 1979   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0125    
Location: Charleville    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 17 August 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Ted Smith Aerostar Corp.  
Aircraft model 601  
Aircraft registration VH-CPH  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Charleville QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Mt Isa QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014