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Collision with terrain, VH-KUZ, Airvan GA8, Kalumburu, WA, 26 February 2008

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Kalumburu Aerodrome    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 23 June 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 85 330
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 2 0 3
Total: 1 2 0 3
Last update 03 April 2020