Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 421-B, VH-ADK, Kidson Field WA (2238S 12502E), 27 October 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Just after the pilot applied full power at the commencement of the takeoff run, the nose wheel struck an anthill. The nose gear leg collapsed and the aircraft slid a further 15 metres before coming to a stop. Although a strip inspection was carried out by the pilot both before landing and again whilst taxying, the anthill was not noticed because of its colour and composition.

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General details
Date: 27 October 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Kidson Field WA (2238S 12502E)    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 20 December 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 421  
Aircraft registration VH-ADK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kidson Field WA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Well 33. WA (44 Km NW of Kidson Field WA)  
Last update 01 April 2011