Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA18-125-A1, VH-HCM, Redcliffe QLD, 22 December 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The student had completed about seven hours training and was undergoing her second session of circuit training. The instructor stated that the student had previously had difficulty with the directional control of the aircraft. On this takeoff he allowed the student to manipulate only the rudder, so that she could concentrate on the directional control aspect, while he manipulated all the other controls. As the power was increased the aircraft gradually swung to the left. Approaching the left side of the strip the swing increased and the instructor applied right rudder at the same time as the student. The aircraft swung to the right and as it crossed the right side of the strip the left wheel dug into the ground and the aircraft tipped onto the left wing.

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General details
Date: 22 December 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Redcliffe    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 04 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-18  
Aircraft registration VH-HCM  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Redcliffe QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Redcliffe QLD