Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ted Smith Aerostar TS600A, VH-BKS, Cooma NSW, 8 June 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On completion of a lengthy pre-flight inspection of the aircraft and engine warm up, the pilot taxied the aircraft for DEPARTURE from runway 18. The take off roll was commenced following the application of full power, with the aircraft held on the brakes. After rolling approximately 150 metres the aircraft veered to the left and developed a skid before straightening as it left the runway. Shortly after leaving the runway the aircraft pitched nose up and became airborne for a short distance before impacting the ground. No defect was found which could have contributed to the pilots inability to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the take off roll. The reason for the loss of directional control during the take off roll could not be determined. It is considered that the failure of the pilot to abandon the take off prior to the aircraft leaving the runway contributed to this accident.

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General details
Date: 08 June 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1408    
Location: Cooma    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 27 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Ted Smith Aerostar Corp.  
Aircraft model 600  
Aircraft registration VH-BKS  
Serial number 60-0375-133  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cooma NSW  
Departure time 1408  
Destination Sydney NSW