Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH82-A, VH-ART, Kingston SE SA, 27 September 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the takeoff run, the pilot reported that the aircraft encountered a crosswind from the left. Despite the application of left rudder and aileron the aircraft continued to drift towards the right of the strip. The pilot attempted to manoeuvre the aircraft over a gable marker but one of the mainwheels struck the marker and caused the aircraft to turn further to the right. The aircraft continued and the lower right wing was torn off after it struck a fence post. The aircraft came to rest 13 metres beyond the boundary fence. During the takeoff the wind velocity had changed appreciably and the aircraft had drifted well to the right of the strip before the pilot had attempted to take corrective action. The takeoff was not abandoned until after the aircraft had struck the fence.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1555    
Location: Kingston SE    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-ART  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kingston SE SA  
Departure time 1555  
Destination Aldinga SA  
Last update 13 May 2014