Aviation safety investigations & reports

Pazmany PL4A, VH-URR, Parafield SA, 27 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had built the single seat aircraft himself and had previously only flown it on one occasion. After completing the first circuit, the aircraft was taxied back to the threshold and the second take-off commenced. Just after lift-off the aircraft was observed to pitch nose up. The right wing dropped and the aircraft turned to the right before impacting the ground. When the aircraft tail came up during the take-off roll, the pilot became concerned that it was too high and that the propeller might strike the ground. In attempting to avoid this, excessive back pressure was applied to the control column. The aircraft became airborne prematurely and then stalled.

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General details
Date: 27 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Parafield    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 26 February 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pazmany Aircraft Corporation  
Aircraft model PL-4  
Aircraft registration VH-URR  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Parafield SA  
Last update 13 May 2014