Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 18-150-A1, VH-FPI, Manjimup WA, 28 April 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Because of strong crosswind conditions at his planned destination the pilot diverted to a nearby strip which was aligned into the prevailing wind. Although the groundspeed was low during the approach the pilot elected to use full flap for landing. Shortly after touchdown the left wing lifted and the pilot was unable to apply full corrective aileron because his knee became jammed between the control column and the flap lever. The aircraft ran off the side of the strip and struck a fence. The fence was only 28 metres from the centre-line of the strip. In his efforts to apply full aileron the pilot had lifted his left foot from the appropriate rudder pedal, which probably increased the tendency of the aircraft to diverge to the right of the strip.

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General details
Date: 28 April 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1340    
Location: Manjimup    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 25 July 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-18  
Aircraft registration VH-FPI  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Manjimup WA  
Departure time 1150  
Destination Manjimup WA  
Last update 13 May 2014