Aviation safety investigations & reports

Resurgam Mk 2, Not Registered, Longwarry VIC, 15 June 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had recently completed the construction of the aircraft, and had taken it to the aerodrome in order to make the initial taxi runs and short hops along the strip. Wind conditions were light, favouring operations into the east. The engine proved difficult to start until minor maintenance was performed, after which the pilot taxied the aircraft along the strip towards the western end. He then turned the aircraft and, to the surprise of those present, commenced a take-off. Witnesses reported that the aircraft made two or three low orbits of the aerodrome, at times disappearing from sight behind trees. The accident occurred as the aircraft was approaching from the south, when the wings were seen to fold before the aircraft dived to the ground. The left wing was discovered to have failed at the point where it was attached to the fuselage, and had separated in flight. The reason for the structural failure has not been determined.

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General details
Date: 15 June 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1630    
Location: Longwarry    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 30 October 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Unknown  
Aircraft model Resurgam Mk 2  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Longwarry VIC  
Departure time 1630  
Destination Longwarry VIC