Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172, VH-RDP, Tebin (10 km SW Quilpie) QLD, 24 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had been flown from an adjoining property by the owner. Because of difficulties encountered in starting the engine, the owner left it running while the pilot for this flight took his seat. At the time, weather conditions were hot, with a shade temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, and with little wind. The pilot subsequently advised that during the take-off roll he looked for the airspeed indicator, but was unable to locate it on the instrument panel. After lift-off a steeper than normal nose-high attitude was adopted, and the aircraft stalled from a height of about 20 feet above the ground. The particular aircraft was an early model of the type, with a different instrument panel layout, instrument coaming shape and height to that which the pilot had been operating during the preceding month. The pilot believed that the attitude selected after lift-off was the appropriate one, but because of the difference in instrument coaming heights the actual attitude was too steep. The departure had been hurried and the pilot had not familiarised himself with the layout of the instrument panel. The extreme ambient temperature had probably caused a degradation in the pilot's performance.

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General details
Date: 24 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1620    
Location: Tebin (10 km SW Quilpie)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 15 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-RDP  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tebin QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Morven QLD