Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 38-112, VH-FTI, Kempsey NSW, 11 January 1986

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Status: Completed
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The student was receiving training in crosswind take-offs and landings in 5 to 10 knot wind conditions. For the third take-off in the sequence a minimum ground roll technique was employed. The aircraft lifted off in a slightly nose-high attitude but did not appear to be climbing or accelerating. The instructor took control but was unable to improve the aircraft performance and the right wing and maingear collided with a fence. The gear leg was detached, and shortly afterwards the aircraft touched down in the paddock beyond the fence. The nosegear collapsed and the aircraft slid sideways to a halt. No defect could be found with the aircraft which may have contributed to the accident. Neither the instructor nor the student had noted the engine rpm or the indicated airspeed prior to, or at lift-off. It would appear that the airspeed at lift-off was lower than the recommended speed and that the nose high attitude subsequently maintained prevented acceleration to gain adequate flying speed. Prior to take-off the wind direction was seen to be varying and it is possible that a slight downwind component may have affected the performance of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 11 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1720 aprx    
Location: Kempsey    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 14 May 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-38  
Aircraft registration VH-FTI  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kempsey NSW  
Departure time 1720 aprx  
Destination Kempsey NSW