Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH 82-A, VH-PFL, Camden NSW, 26 April 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that after commencing the takeoff run, when he applied forward pressure on the control column to raise the tail, the tail rose more rapidly than normal. He was unable to correct the situation and the propeller struck the ground several times before the aircraft overturned. It was likely that the takeoff had been commenced in light tailwind conditions. The aircraft had travelled a distance of 22 metres from the start of the takeoff roll to the point where the propeller initially struck the ground. The pilot had only limited experience on the aircraft type. It was possible that he had applied excessive forward movement of the control column, or that he had moved the column too rapidly.

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General details
Date: 26 April 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: Camden    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 02 June 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-PFL  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Camden NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination The Oaks NSW