Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28R, VH-RQN, Gympie QLD, 4 July 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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.

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General details
Date: 04 July 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1340    
Location: Gympie    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 26 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 13 May 2014