Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA30 Commanche, VH-DGW, Augathella QLD, 16 March 1982

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the end of an uneventful flight from Morven the sole passenger disembarked and watched while the pilot restarted the engine and commenced to taxy. The passenger next observed the aircraft when it was about 30 ft above the ground after take-off. At this time the aircraft was steeply banked to the left and shortly after it passed from sight the engine noise ceased and the sound of trees breaking was heard. The wreckage of the aircraft was subsequently located at the threshold of another of the aerodrome strips. It was determined that the aircraft had collided with trees while it was in a left wing down attitude before rolling inverted and striking the ground. The precise cause of the accident could not be determined, however the possibility that the right wing flap was jammed in the fully down position after the previous landing could not be discounted.

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General details
Date: 16 March 1982   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1450    
Location: Augathella    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 21 March 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-30  
Aircraft registration VH-DGW  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Augathella QLD  
Departure time 1450  
Destination Charleville QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014