Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 58, VH-REH, 5 km East Lawlers (330 km NNW Kalgoorlie) WA, 1 July 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As the aircraft was accelerating to the normal climbing speed after takeoff, the pilot lost elevator control. The nose continued to pitch up until the pilot closed the throttles. He then discovered that he could maintain limited pitch control by the judicious use of power. A successful gear-up forced landing was made, however, during the landing slide one wing was torn off after it struck a tree. An inspection of the elevator control system revealed that its control cable had been incorrectly engaged into the control column fork. While the locking pin was fitted correctly, it was rendered ineffective due to the incorrect fitment of the cable. Despite numerous maintenance inspections this error went undetected. Due to the location of the control column fork, the pilot would not have been expected to notice the unserviceability on his daily inspection.

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General details
Date: 01 July 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500    
Location: 5 km East Lawlers (330 km NNW Kalgoorlie)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 13 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 58  
Aircraft registration VH-REH  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lawlers WA  
Departure time 1500  
Destination Kalgoorlie WA