Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway excursion involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28-161, VH-CWW, Lilydale, (ALA), VIC on 20 February 1999

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot advised that during the engine run prior to take-off the windscreen fogged up both internally and externally. She shut down the engine and wiped both surfaces free of moisture. There was light fog present in the area. During the subsequent takeoff run the windscreen again fogged over and she lost visual reference. The pilot closed the throttle and rejected the takeoff. However the aircraft diverged off the runway and impacted trees before coming to rest substantially damaged. The four occupants were able to evacuate unaided and were not injured.
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General details
Date: 20 February 1999   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 7:30 ESuT    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 03 March 1999   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28-161  
Aircraft registration VH-CWW  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lilydale Vic.  
Destination Avalon Vic.