Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH82-A, VH-WAP, Surfers Gardens QLD, 30 July 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after takeoff on a scenic flight, the passenger commenced taking photographs. In the process, his goggles became partly dislodged and began striking the rear cockpit. The pilot reached forward to rectify the situation and, as he replaced his hand on the throttle control, the engine failed. Because of the low altitude of the aircraft, the pilot was forced to land in a rough boggy area within the airfield boundary. The aircraft struck a large depression and nosed over shortly after touchdown. The pilot reported that he had inadvertently knocked the rear ignition switches to the off position, probably with his jacket sleeve, as he reached forward to help his passenger adjust the dislodged goggles.

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General details
Date: 30 July 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1115    
Location: Surfers Gardens    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 August 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-WAP  
Serial number DX783  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Surfers Gardens QLD  
Departure time 1115  
Destination Surfers Gardens QLD