Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech C23, VH-AHB, Farrell Flat, 100km north of Adelaide SA, 10 September 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot hired the aircraft, a type he had not flown for four years, for a trip to what he believed to be an authorised landing area (ALA). However, he did not check the strip condition prior to DEPARTURE for the ALA. During the takeoff run at the ALA, the aircraft entered thick grass located to the left of a ten metre cleared area along the strip centreline. The acceleration of the aircraft was retarded and the pilot, realising that the aircraft would not accelerate to takeoff speed in the distance remaining, abandoned the takeoff. The aircraft stopped 64 metres beyond the end of the strip after colliding with two fence lines and a road shoulder.

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General details
Date: 10 September 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330    
Location: Farrell Flat, 100km north of Adelaide    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 23  
Aircraft registration VH-AHB  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Farrell Flat SA  
Departure time 1330  
Destination Parafield SA