Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-151, VH-SVY, Emu Plains, 5km North-East of Bonshaw QLD, 17 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On a flight from Coolangatta to Bonshaw, the pilot identified the Authorised Landing Area (ALA) by spotting a white utility vehicle which he had been assured would be waiting for him. After he landed he found this was not the ALA he had been looking for. After obtaining new directions from the driver of the utility, he inspected the paddock by driving the vehicle the full 1000m length available. During the subsequent takeoff the aircraft had accelerated to about 45 knots, when it encountered some undulations. This retarded its progress, but the pilot forced it into the air in ground effect. The aircraft did not accelerate further in the nose high attitude and sank back onto the ground. It overran the takeoff area and struck a boundary fence. Apparently the pilot had used two stages of flap for the takeoff attempt and had not availed himself of options to use a more suitable takeoff direction or off-load his passengers. His original destination was only a short distance away to the south-west.

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General details
Date: 17 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 745    
Location: Emu Plains, 5km North-East of Bonshaw    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 20 December 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-SVY  
Serial number 28-7615191  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Emu Plains QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Bonshaw NSW