Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 36-285, VH-MYJ, Tygalgah (5kms north of Murwillumbah) NSW, 18 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot intended to conduct spreading operations on nearby sugar cane fields. During the latter part of the first takeoff of the morning, the aircraft failed to lift off as anticipated and entered a sugar cane field at the end of the airstrip. The pilot discontinued the take off but the aircraft was substantially damaged when it ran into a ditch, in which lay several disused telegraph poles. The pilot reported the aircraft encountered an isolated tailwind gust during the take off. He said he attempted to dump the load but was unsuccessful due to the damp condition of the fertiliser.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 740    
Location: Tygalgah (5kms north of Murwillumbah)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 15 January 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-36  
Aircraft registration VH-MYJ  
Serial number 36-7660039  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tygalgah NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Tygalgah NSW