Aviation safety investigations & reports

Britten-Norman BN2-A21 Islander, VH-SBD, Yorke Island QLD, 9 January 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was taking off from a 920 metre grass strip in moderate to heavy rain. Takeoff weight was about 60 kilograms below maximium authorised. Witnesses reported that the aircraft became airborne well beyond the normal position, and then only momentarily, before the pilot abandoned the takeoff. The aircraft crossed the end of the strip and ran across a beach before coming to rest in chest deep water. The pilot of a following aircraft later indicated that there was a significant down wind component during the first aircraft's takeoff attempt.

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General details
Date: 09 January 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1421    
Location: Yorke Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 10 May 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd  
Aircraft model BN2  
Aircraft registration VH-SBD  
Serial number 500  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Yorke Island QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Murray Island QLD