Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transavia PL-12, VH-IJS, Tallangatta VIC, 29 November 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had completed a superphosphate spreading operation, from an agricultural strip, and was about to take off on a ferry flight to Albury. As the aircraft commenced the take off the pilot was distracted when a drink bottle fell from his seat and began to roll between the rudder pedals. As he retrieved the bottle, the aircraft became airborne and drifted to the left. When the pilot looked up, a loader vehicle was immediately ahead, on the left side of the strip, and a collision was unavoidable. The aircraft sustained serious damage when it hit a structure on the vehicle. About 18 centimetres of one propeller blade was removed, the nosegear leg was displaced rearwards and the right mainwheel separated from the aircraft. The pilot contacted the loader driver to ascertain the extent of the damage. He then decided to continue the flight to Albury where emergency services were alerted for his arrival. The aircraft was landed on the grass strip beside the sealed runway but overturned as it neared the end of the landing roll.

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General details
Date: 29 November 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1030    
Location   (show map): Tallangatta    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 26 February 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-IJS  
Serial number 1240  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tallangatta VIC  
Departure time 1030  
Destination Albury NSW