Aviation safety investigations & reports

Jodel D11, VH-FTY, Caloundra QLD, 2 September 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was observed to take off from Runway 15 and climb to about 500 feet before commencing a right turn. It then appeared to abruptly change attitude in pitch and roll a few times before adopting a nose low attitude and disappearing behind trees. The aircraft crashed into a shallow swamp and caught fire. On site examination revealed that the aircraft struck the ground in a steep nose and right wing low attitude. The pilot reported that the engine began running roughly and lost power shortly after takeoff. An examination found no fault with the engine or carburettor, however, fire damage precluded testing of the magnetos. The aircraft attitude at impact was indicative of it being in a stalled condition.

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General details
Date: 02 September 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1350    
Location   (show map): Caloundra    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 25 October 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jodel, Societs Des Avions  
Aircraft model D11  
Aircraft registration VH-FTY  
Serial number N53  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Caloundra QLD  
Departure time 1350  
Destination Caboolture QLD