Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper Cherokee PA28-180, VH-ERR, Wongalee Station (33 km NE Hughenden) QLD, 25 November 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As the pilot rotated the aircraft for takeoff he heard several bangs and felt there was an accompanying power loss, so he aborted the take-off. When it appeared he would be unable to stop in the strip remaining he deliberately ground looped the aircraft. The nosewheel leg was damaged and the propeller struck the surface of the strip, necessitating an engine strip - the propeller was not damaged. An inspection of the aircraft did not find any fault with either the engine or the braking system. The blacksoil strip was found to be very soft and it is considered that the retarding action of the strip caused the pilot to believe a power loss had occurred. The bangs heard by him were probably caused by clods of dirt hitting the fuselage.

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General details
Date: 25 November 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 800    
Location: Wongalee Station (33 km NE Hughenden)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 06 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-ERR  
Serial number 28-955  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wongalee QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Wongalee QLD