Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188B-A1, VH-IEV, Clare (35 km SW Ayr) QLD, 31 August 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that shortly after liftoff, as he retracted the flap, he felt the engine lose power. He commenced to dump the load but aircraft performance continued to deteriorate and he was committed to landing straight ahead in a field of young sugar cane. On-site investigation showed that the tailwheel and right mainwheel of the aircraft had struck a 40 centimetre high embankment some 8 metres beyond the end of the 700 metre strip. The aircraft remained airborne for a further 115 metres before the left wingtip contacted the ground. Evidence of load dump began at the same point. The right mainwheel then contacted the ground and the aircraft swung 130 degrees to the left and travelled a further 44 metres before coming to rest. Examination of the engine revealed evidence of loss of compression past the piston rings on four of the six cylinders and past the valves on five cylinders. These faults would have reduced the power output of the engine and resulted in a decreased takeoff performance. It is likely that the aircraft became airborne near the end of the strip, striking the embankment almost immediately afterwards. The engine was due to be changed after a further 15 hours of operation. The Aircraft Flight Manual indicated that, for the takeoff weight applicable at the time, the aircraft required a takeoff distance of 500 metres.

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General details
Date: 31 August 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800    
Location: Clare (35 km SW Ayr)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 07 November 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-IEV  
Serial number 18801547  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Clare QLD  
Departure time 1800  
Destination Clare QLD