Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 77, VH-HBI, Archerfield, QLD., 18 December 1984

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft was being taxied across another runway towards a taxiway. Approaching the edge of the flight strip, the instructor noticed a 20 centimetre deep spoon drain in the path of the aircraft. He took control and attempted to avoid the drain but the nosewheel entered the drain and broke off. The presence of the drain was indicated on a diagram of hazardous taxying areas available to pilots but the area was not marked by cones. The aerodrome was being used, for taxiing purposes, as an all-over field, contrary to approved procedures. The pilot saw the drain obstruction, which was situated just outside the flight strip, too late to take effective avoiding action.

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General details
Date: 18 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1436    
Location: Archerfield, QLD.    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 26 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 77  
Aircraft registration VH-HBI  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield QLD  
Departure time 1436  
Destination Archerfield QLD  
Last update 01 April 2011