Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control involving a Yakovlev Aircraft Factories 55-M, RA-44512, Camden, NSW on 7 February 1999

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reports that he intended to conduct a practice flight to rehearse for an upcoming air display. His intention was to activate the aircraft's display smoke system on the runway threshold and complete a tight turn through 360 degrees, prior to commencing the take-off roll. This would be followed by a steep climb out to position the aircraft for commencement of the airborne display routine. A gusting crosswind was blowing across the runway being used for departure. The pilot indicates that after turning left through approximately 90 degrees, the aircraft accelerated sideways across the grass and the right main wheel began to skip. The pilot was unable to maintain control of the aircraft and the right wheel appeared to dig into the grass runway surface. The aircraft was observed to nose over, before toppling onto its back. The pilot was not injured. The pilot states that the loss of control was most likely a combination of the gusting crosswind conditions and the right main wheel digging into the soft runway surface.
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General details
Date: 07 February 1999   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:11 ESuT    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 19 August 1999   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model 55-M  
Aircraft registration RA-44512  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Camden NSW  
Destination Camden NSW