Aviation safety investigations & reports

Pitts S1E, VH-XII, Whitstock Field (Grampians) VIC, 2 November 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the conclusion of an aerobatic flight, the pilot intended to practice a number of circuits and landings. Two touch-and-go landings were completed, and the pilot positioned the aircraft for a full-stop landing in 10 knot crosswind conditions. Towards the end of the landing roll, the aircraft commenced to ground loop to the left. The pilot applied corrective rudder and brake, but was unable to arrest the swing. He then applied full power, with the intention of becoming airborne and passing between trees which lined the side of the strip. The aircraft lifted off, but then collided with a tree, fell to the ground, and came to rest inverted. The particular type is known to be difficult to control directionally. It was considered possible that the pilot had relaxed his concentration after the aircraft had touched down.

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General details
Date: 02 November 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110    
Location: Whitstock Field (Grampians)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 01 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pitts Aviation Enterprises  
Aircraft model S-1  
Aircraft registration VH-XII  
Serial number V70  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Whitstock Field VIC  
Departure time 1055  
Destination Whitstock Field VIC