Aviation safety investigations & reports

DeHavilland DHC-2, VH-OMO, "Cooplacurripa" 30 km NW Wingham NSW, 28 September 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was engaged in spreading superphosphate from a strip on the property being treated. The pilot said that during the takeoff the aircraft became airborne prematurely due to surface undulations. In order to keep the aircraft flying he attempted to lower a little more flap, but inadvertently selected "flaps up", resulting in the aircraft settling onto the strip. Although the pilot realised his error and reselected takeoff flap, he was too late to prevent the tail of the aircraft from striking the boundary fence. He could see the left tailplane was damaged and determined the left elevator was missing by observing the ground shadow of the aircraft. The aircraft was able to be flown for a safe landing.

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General details
Date: 28 September 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500    
Location   (show map): "Cooplacurripa" 30 km NW Wingham    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 05 April 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada  
Aircraft model DHC-2  
Aircraft registration VH-OMO  
Serial number 1541  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point "Cooplacurripa" NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination "Cooplacurripa" NSW