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Runway excursion involving Piper PA-28, VH-SFK, Bankstown Airport, NSW, 4 September 2012

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 4 September 2012, the pilot of a Piper PA-28 aircraft, registered VH-SFK (SFK), was conducting solo touch-and-go circuits at Bankstown Airport, New South Wales.  After landing on the fourth solo circuit, when the pilot applied full power for take-off, SFK veered suddenly to the left onto the grass. The pilot reduced the throttle setting to the idle position and applied the brakes, however the aircraft collided with the airport perimeter fence. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the pilot sustained minor injuries.

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General details
Date: 04 September 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1215 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bankstown Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 20 December 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-SFK  
Serial number 2842125  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018