Jump to Content
Download Final Report
[ Download PDF: 22KB]

The pilot reported that, after commencing the take-off with flaps up, he selected 10 degrees of flap and rotated at 60 knots. Although the aircraft became airborne it did not climb normally. The aircraft struck a telephone line near the end of the strip and then landed in a paddock before passing under a power line. With full power still applied, the pilot attempted to clear a fence but the wing leading edges struck fenceposts. The aircraft landed heavily and came to rest 478 metres from the strip end. The take-off performance had been degraded by a loss of engine power resulting from unserviceable piston rings in two cylinders. The aircraft was being operated at some 120 Kilograms in excess of the weight extracted from the performance charts as being the maximum allowable for the strip length.

Download Final Report
[ Download PDF: 22KB]
General details
Date: 04 July 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1340 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Gympie Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 26 March 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-RQN 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maroochydore QLD
Departure time:1317
Destination:Gympie QLD
Share this page Provide feedback on this investigation
Last update 13 May 2014