Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300, VH-WGO, 5 km NE of Woodend VIC, 8 November 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that the take-off proceeded normally until the point of lift off, when the engine hesitated and lost power for about 3 seconds. Power was then regained, however the pilot was not certain whether full power was developed. He elected to abandon the take-off, but there was insufficient strip length remaining in which to safely stop the aircraft. He then reopened the throttle in an effort to clear a fence at the end of the strip and land in the adjoining paddock. The noseleg struck the fence, and the aircraft then ran through a ditch before coming to rest. The reason for the short term power loss could not be determined

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General details
Date: 08 November 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1630    
Location: 5 km NE of Woodend    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 14 June 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-WGO  
Serial number 32-7340146  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 5 km NE Woodend VIC  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Moorabbin VIC