Aviation safety investigations & reports

Britten Norman BN2A-20, VH-IGT, Wilton NSW, 3 February 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the take-off roll the aircraft did not achieve flying speed by the point where it was normally expected to become airborne. The pilot abandoned the take-off and applied maximum braking, but was unable to prevent the aircraft over-running the strip. The aircraft broke through the boundary fence and came to rest in a small ditch. The reason the aircraft did not achieve flying speed could not be positively determined. In this aircraft type, it is important that the elevator trim is correctly set for take-off. If nose-down trim is inadvertently applied, excessive rearward pressure is required on the control column in order to raise the nose. However, the trim position set by the pilot was not established. When the take-off attempt was abandoned, there was probably sufficient strip remaining to stop the aircraft. However, the brake linings and discs were worn to the extent where full brake effectiveness could not be obtained.

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General details
Date: 03 February 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Wilton    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 17 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd  
Aircraft model BN2  
Aircraft registration VH-IGT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wilton NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Wilton NSW