Aviation safety investigations & reports

Britten Norman BN-2A-21, VH-ISI, Wilton NSW, 25 November 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At a height of about 200 feet after take-off the right engine lost power. The pilot feathered the propeller and commenced a gentle left turn in order to return to the strip. He later advised that the aircraft began to sink towards some large trees and he was forced to increase the angle of bank in an effort to avoid them. Shortly afterwards the aircraft struck the ground heavily in an adjacent paddock about 1 kilometre from the strip. The engine failure was caused by jamming of accessory drive gearing as a result of the effects of excessive wear within a magneto. It was probable that a mandatory inspection of the magneto which fell due 84 flying hours before the accident, was not conducted. On take-off the aircraft weight exceeded the authorised limit, however following the engine failure the pilot was able to maintain straight and level flight. A cleared area of ground lay ahead and just to the left of the flight path but the pilot had considered the aircraft had sufficient performance capability to permit a return to the strip.

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General details
Date: 25 November 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1248    
Location: Wilton    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 11 July 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd  
Aircraft model BN2  
Aircraft registration VH-ISI  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Wilton NSW  
Departure time 1248  
Destination Wilton NSW  
Last update 01 April 2011