Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft V35B-MK2 (Bonanza), 3 km NW of Mitta Mitta VIC, 12 September 1987

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Status: Completed
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Upon arrival at Mitta Mitta the pilot performed a touch and go on the 1000 metre long gravel strip, before approaching for the full-stop landing. After touchdown, the aircraft veered to the right but was repositioned on the centreline within a short distance. However, it again veered to the right and departed the hard packed gravel surface of the strip and entered an area of long, damp grass. The pilot was unable to control the direction of travel and the aircraft encountered a drainage ditch, an earth mound and a fence before coming to rest with its noseleg collapsed. No fault was found with the aircraft systems that may have contributed to the accident. The pilot had not flown the aircraft for 18 months and it is probable that the veer was caused by differential braking in combination with the damp, slippery grass on the sides of the strip. Weather conditions were fine and calm and were not considered a factor.

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General details
Date: 12 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 930    
Location: 3 km NW of Mitta Mitta    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 02 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-ILY  
Serial number D-9132  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Albury NSW  
Departure time 0930  
Destination Mitta Mitta VIC