Aviation safety investigations & reports

Stits SA6B, VH-ULB, Aldinga (38 km S Adelaide) SA, 1 December 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After installing his passenger in the aircraft, the pilot hand swung the propeller, the normal means of starting the engine. When the engine fired it ran up to high power and the aircraft jumped the chocks. The pilot attempted to stop the aircraft but it continued forward and collided with the side of a hangar. The nose gear collapsed and the wooden propeller shattered as the aircraft came to rest on its nose. During the pre-start checks the pilot believes he set the throttle almost fully open by mistake. The aircraft handbrake was unservicable.

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General details
Date: 01 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1845    
Location: Aldinga (38 km S Adelaide)    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 24 January 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Stits Aircraft  
Aircraft model SA-3  
Aircraft registration VH-ULB  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Aldinga  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Aldinga  
Last update 01 April 2011