Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188 B/A1, VH-UDV, 4 km South of Nar Nar Goon VIC, 10 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been carrying out spraying operations for most of the day. The flight in question was to be the first for the day from this particular strip. The pilot had pumped 644 litres of water based spray into the hopper, having previously carried this sized load from the 604 metre strip. Normal take-off procedures were employed, however the aircraft failed to become airborne as expected. Almost immediately after lift-off, the left gear leg struck and severed the top wire of a fence. The left flap, horizontal stabiliser and elevator collided with a fence post. The pilot was able to retain control of the aircraft, dumped the load and returned for a successful landing on the strip. Although the pilot had previously operated with a water based spray load of 644 litres from this strip, he had overlooked the fact that the loads had different specific gravities. On this occasion, the specific gravity of the load was significantly higher and resulted in the aircraft being about 190 kilograms above the gross weight permitted for agricultural operations. Under the conditions there had been insufficient strip length available to permit a safe take-off.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: 4 km South of Nar Nar Goon    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 26 March 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-UDV  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 4 km South of Nar Nar Goon VIC  
Departure time N/A  
Destination 4 km South of Nar Nar Goon VIC