Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A118B-A1, VH-EVU, 14 km NE of Comet QLD, 17 April 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had flown the aircraft from his base to the property strip earlier in the morning. The aircraft was loaded with 375 kilograms of a pelletised material called "Grassland" for spreading. The performance of the aircraft up to this time had been normal. The pilot reported that the initial part of the takeoff run appeared normal. However, as the aircraft approached the end of the strip, he became aware that the airspeed was about 10 knots below the desired speed. The aircraft became airborne, struck some small trees, and continued to lose performance before coming to rest about one kilometre from the end of the strip. Examination of the aircraft determined that the engine compression was low and that one cylinder was cracked. No positive reason for a sudden reduction in performance on this takeoff was found. The pilot reported that he had not thought about dumping the load as he was busy flying the aircraft and trying to maintain control. The product was expensive and the pilot's actions indicated that he might have been concerned about the commercial implications of dumping the load.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 730    
Location: 14 km NE of Comet    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 30 November 1989   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-EVU  
Serial number 18801283  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 14 km NE of Comet QLD  
Departure time 0730  
Destination 14 km NE of Comet QLD