Aviation safety investigations & reports

CESSNA A188-B, VH-EVU, "Coreen" Property, 120 km West of Rockhampton QLD, 29 September 1984

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Status: Completed
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The strip being used was aligned southeast and the wind of 15 knots was swinging from southeast to southwest. On the second takeoff for the day acceleration was sluggish and the pilot kept the main wheels in contact with the strip surface for longer than normal before allowing the aircraft to become airborne. Shortly after lift off the aircraft mushed and the wheels contacted the ground. The pilot abandoned the takeoff attempt and the aircraft came to rest 240 metres beyond the end of the strip after sustaining damage to the left wing and landing gear. The pilot had limited experience on the type and did not appreciate that the engine was not developing full power during the take-off attempt. The mixture control cable outer sheath was found to be broken, in such a position that it could randomly prevent full travel of the mixture control, with consequent reduction of fuel flow to the engine.

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General details
Date: 29 September 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: "Coreen" Property, 120 km West of Rockhampton    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 18 February 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-EVU  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point "Coreen" Property QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination "Coreen" Property QLD  
Last update 01 April 2011