Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman AA5B, VH-SYY, Manoora (30 km SW Clare) SA, 25 February 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had operated from the strip on previous occasions and had flown out of the field twice prior to the accident flight. He set 10 degrees of flap for a "short field" take-off into a 15-20 knot Easterly wind. Soon after the start of the take-off roll when the aircraft speed was about 35 knots a sudden change of wind direction to the North was experienced. Whilst trying to maintain runway heading he over-corrected with right brake and rudder and the aircraft veered off the right side of the runway. The pilot promptly shut down the engine but the aircraft entered a dry creek bed and the nosegear was broken off. The aircraft came to rest 50 feet from a fence at the end of the runway.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: Manoora (30 km SW Clare)    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 04 June 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model AA-5  
Aircraft registration VH-SYY  
Serial number 0349  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Manoora SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Parafield SA