Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fairchild Industries Inc SA227-AC, VH-CUZ

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The pilot reported that shortly after commencing the take-off roll the Metroliner began tracking to the right of the runway centreline. The crew discontinued the takeoff, taxiied back to the end of the runway and subsequently completed a normal takeoff. In both instances, the nosewheel steering had not been engaged.

The operations department of the company believed that the aircraft had been modified in accordance with a service bulletin that prohibited the use of nose-wheel steering for take-off and landing. A check of documentation following the incident revealed that the modification had not been installed in the aircraft. The correct procedure in this case was for the nosewheel steering to be engaged for takeoff.

General details
Date: 28 December 1999   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0605 hours EST    
Location   (show map): Townsville, Aero.    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration  
Release date: 04 July 2001   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Industries Inc  
Aircraft model SA227  
Aircraft registration VH-CUZ  
Serial number AC-610B  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Townsville, QLD  
Destination Mount Isa, QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014