Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transavia PL 12, VH-MLJ, 10 km West Bridport TAS, 31 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being operated from a strip which had been cleared in a hay paddock. The pilot was aware that the strip was of marginal length and had therefore reduced the load to be carried. On take-off, the aircraft accelerated normally to about 40 knots but the performance then appeared to stagnate. The pilot attempted to dump the load, but only partial dumping was achieved before the right main gear struck a fence post as the aircraft became airborne. The impact displaced the gear, however the aircraft remained under control and the pilot diverted the aircraft to a more suitable aerodrome. The right main gear became completely dislodged during the landing. A subsequent inspection of the strip revealed that it had a soft sandy surface, covered with short and thick grass. Heavy rain had fallen in the area during the night and early morning, and the grass was very wet at the time of the take-off. When calculating the load he could safely carry from the strip, the pilot had not appreciated the degree to which the surface conditions would affect the take-off performance.

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General details
Date: 31 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: 10 km West Bridport    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 29 January 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-MLJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 10 km West Bridport TAS  
Departure time N/A  
Destination 10 km West Bridport TAS  
Last update 13 May 2014