Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 152, VH-LBJ, Armidale NSW, 23 June 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After the student pilot had completed 1.2 hours of dual instruction in the circuit, his instructor assessed the pilot was ready for his first solo flight. The aircraft was brought to a halt on the grass runway 09 where the instructor alighted. The subsequent takeoff roll appeared to be proceeding normally when the aircraft suddenly veered to the left, departed the runway and collided with a boundary fence. The student pilot advised that the right cabin door had opened and he lost directional control when he lent over and attempted to close the door. The instructor reported that the right hand door lock was operating normally at the time of the accident. The accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation. This report is based on information supplied by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 23 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1015    
Location: Armidale    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 08 December 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-LBJ  
Serial number 15283380  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Armidale NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Armidale NSW