Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA38-112, VH-FTE, Baroco, Moreton Island QLD, 9 February 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The takeoff was attempted on a grassed sandy strip. The pilot reported that the aircraft seemed to accelerate slower than normal. At 50 knots he lowered half flap, and as the indicated airspeed approached 60 knots he realised that insufficient runway length remained to effect the takeoff. The pilot pulled back on the control column but the aircraft did not rotate. He then closed the throttle but was unable to stop the aircraft in the remaining runway. The aircraft overran the runway and overturned. No fault was found with the aircraft that may have contributed to the occurrence. It is probable that the soft, sparsely covered, sandy strip surface contributed to the reported poor acceleration. The pilot's delay in abandoning the takeoff attempt resulted in there being insufficient strip remaining in which to stop the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 09 February 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Baroco, Moreton Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 13 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-38  
Aircraft registration VH-FTE  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Baroco QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Archerfield QLD