Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control - Eagle aircraft X-TS 150, VH-FPP, Jandakot Aerodrome, WA, 12 May 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 12 May 2010, an instructor and student were conducting circuit training in an Eagle Aircraft Australia X-TS 150 aircraft, registered VH-FPP, at Jandakot Aerodrome, Western Australia. Soon after lift-off the engine started to run rough and lost power. The instructor took over control and, maintaining between 50 and 100 ft above ground level, turned the aircraft towards another runway. Near the end of that runway the aircraft pitched nose-up, stalled and collided with the ground, seriously damaging the aircraft and injuring the occupants.

There was no evidence found of an aircraft defect or anomaly likely to have significantly affected engine power. The investigation found that the decision by the instructor to turn downwind significantly increased the aircraft's energy and therefore the risk of aircraft damage and occupant injury in the case of a forced landing.

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General details
Date: 12 May 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1335   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Jandakot Aerodrome    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 18 November 2010   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Eagle Aircraft Australia  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-FPP  
Serial number 9  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Departure point Jandakot, WA  
Destination Jandakot, WA  
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