Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control Winton Grasshopper, 11 km N of Yeppoon QLD, 21 January 1984

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Status: Completed
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This flight was to be the pilot's first flight in a minimum aircraft. He was briefed to carry out a take-off and landing along the beach. When the aircraft became airborne a left bank was adopted and right rudder was used to attempt to regain directional control. As speed was increased directional control was achieved but oncoming obstructions made further manoeuvring necessary. After starting to climb, directional control was lost. The aircraft crashed into trees and caught fire. The pilot mentioned to his rescuers that the ailerons had been inoperative. The pilot later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Investigation of the apparent aileron failure was hampered by the degree of fire damage to the aircraft. This damage was a result of the inability of the plastic fuel tank to withstand the impact with the ground. The precise cause of the accident remains undetermined.

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General details
Date: 21 January 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1705    
Location: Farnborough Beach, 11 km N of Yeppoon    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 27 September 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Col Winton  
Aircraft model Winton Grasshopper  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Farnborough Beach, QLD  
Departure time 1705  
Destination Farnborough Beach, QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014