Aviation safety investigations & reports

Jodel D-11, VH-DRJ, Archerfield QLD, 6 June 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after lift-off the pilot heard several loud bangs and saw pieces of fibreglass from the cowls fly past the canopy. Believing the cowlings may have come adrift he decided to land in a small paddock, just outside the aerodrome perimeter fence. The aircraft landed heavily on the soft, wet surface and the propeller struck the ground after only five metres of ground roll. The aircraft came to rest after travelling 34 metres. Investigation revealed that the upper and lower sections of cowling had come apart, following failure of the fibreglass at the connecting screw holes. This allowed the upper cowl to move forward and contact the propeller. The failure was partly due to incorrect placement of the screw holes.

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General details
Date: 06 June 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1033    
Location: Archerfield    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
Release date: 24 June 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jodel, Societs Des Avions  
Aircraft model D11  
Aircraft registration VH-DRJ  
Serial number N11  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield QLD  
Departure time 1033  
Destination Archerfield QLD