Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172 M, VH-BAW, Walcha NSW, 9 March 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the conclusion of a dual check flight, the student landed the aircraft into a light north-westerly wind. The landing roll was completed about half way along the 853 metre strip, and the pilot turned the aircraft around preparatory to taxying back to the upwind threshold. The instructor left the aircraft at this point, after briefing the student on the solo sequences he wished him to practice. Shortly afterwards, full power was applied as the student commenced a take-off downwind. The aircraft failed to become airborne, collided with a fence and overturned. The student was subsequently unable to give any reason for his decision to commence the take-off roll from other than the threshold of the strip.

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General details
Date: 09 March 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Walcha    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 14 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-BAW  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Walcha NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Walcha NSW