Aviation safety investigations & reports

Mitsubishi MU2B-30, VH-WMW, Bankstown Airport NSW, 9 April 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had previously been parked for maintenance in a relatively confined area between two hangars. It was close to and facing a fence, in a position which did not allow sufficient room for a U-turn to taxi out. The grass surface was boggy after rain. The pilot sought assistance from a person in an adjoining hangar but there was no suitable tow bar, and the two could not manhandle the aircraft. The pilot then reversed the aircraft out until the wheels reached a small ridge at the edge of the taxiway. From this position there was then room to make a U-turn to the right. The pilot initially turned the aircraft slightly left to give himself more room before turning right. However, when he applied right rudder and brake, the aircraft failed to respond and continued ahead, sliding on the slippery surface. It then collided with a brick wall, damaging the nose cone and left wingtip and causing considerable damage to the wall.

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General details
Date: 09 April 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1950    
Location   (show map): Bankstown Airport    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 10 April 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft Int  
Aircraft model MU-2  
Aircraft registration VH-WMW  
Serial number 544  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Sydney NSW