Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 152, VH-ALH, Maryvale Station (117km S Alice Springs) NT, 28 September 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was attempting to take-off from a dirt road to fly to the Station's strip. Just as the aircraft became airborne a slight left turn had to be negotiated. During the turn, the left wingtip struck a clump of bushes and the aircraft slewed to the left. The left wheel struck an embankment and the aircraft proceeded through a small bush and also clipped the top off another small tree with the right wing. Full power was still applied to the engine and the aircraft was still airborne when the left tailplane caught on a large bush. The aircraft landed and the pilot then closed the throttle and abandoned the take-off attempt. It then ran through another large bush before finally coming to rest. The aircraft had been landed on the road, apparently because it was convenient, despite the fact that the station airstrip was only 400 metres away. The road was only 10 metres wide and had large bushes lining either side.

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General details
Date: 28 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: Maryvale Station (117km S Alice Springs)    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Ground strike  
Release date: 10 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-ALH  
Serial number 152-83701  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point N/A  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Maryvale Station Airstrip NT