Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rockwell 114, VH-DDY, Sea Lake VIC, 20 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after take-off the pilot's door opened. The passenger became very agitated and the pilot elected to carry out a low level circuit and landing. The passenger's condition deteriorated to the extent where the pilot was experiencing difficulty in concentrating on the approach. The aircraft touched down in a paddock 22 metres short of the aerodrome boundary fence, ran through the fence and came to rest near the strip threshold. Atmospheric conditions at the time were conducive to the formation of downdrafts and willy-willies. It was possible that the aircraft was affected by such a disturbance at a time when the pilot was distracted by his passenger's condition.

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General details
Date: 20 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1705    
Location: Sea Lake    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 07 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rockwell International  
Aircraft model 114  
Aircraft registration VH-DDY  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Sea Lake VIC  
Departure time 1703  
Destination Essendon VIC