Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172M, VH-WTL, New Bore, 55km NE of Boulia QLD, 16 December 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot landed the aircraft on a nine metre wide gravel road to check on one of his staff, working nearby. Following the check, the pilot commenced a takeoff towards the west in 10-15 knot northerly wind. At an indicated airspeed of about 40 knots the aircraft drifted to left off the side of the road. The pilot continued with the takeoff attempt but the aircraft continued to turn to the left, downwind, and travelled about 600 metres before the nosewheel entered a ditch and the aircraft overturned. During the takeoff attempt into-wind aileron was not used to conteract the crosswind. The takeoff attempt was not discontinued when the aircraft diverged from the intended takeoff path.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: New Bore, 55km NE of Boulia    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 28 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WTL  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point New Bore QLD  
Departure time 1400  
Destination Elrose Station, 24km NE of Boulia QLD