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On 26 February 2008, at about 1655 Western Daylight-saving Time, the pilot of a Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd GA-8 Airvan, registered VH-KUZ, with two passengers on board, commenced takeoff at Kalumburu Aerodrome, WA. Witnesses reported that the aircraft started to drift to the left of the runway prior to becoming briefly airborne. The aircraft settled back onto the runway strip, veering further left across the runway strip. The aircraft subsequently ran up an embankment, through low scrub, and then through small trees beyond the runway strip. The impact with the trees flipped the aircraft onto its back, where it came to rest, facing the opposite way to the direction of takeoff. The aircraft was seriously damaged and the pilot and two passengers received minor injuries.

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General details
Date: 26 February 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1655 WSuT  
Location   (show map):Kalumburu Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 23 June 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: GA8 
Aircraft registration: VH-KUZ 
Serial number: GA8-07-110 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kalumburu, WA
Destination:Kununurra, WA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Minor: 1203
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Last update 14 November 2018