Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210-5, VH-RJC, 85 miles SW Calms Qld, 17 April 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been informed by his Chief Pilot that the strip was 3000 feet long when In fact its length was 2, 300 feet. The aircraft weight and ambient conditions were such that the aircraft required the full strip length for take-off if using 20 degrees of flap, and 2, 650 feet for take-off if Hap was not used.

The pilot began a rolling take-off without flap and, when committed to continuing the take-off, he selected eight degrees of flap. He lifted the aircraft off the ground just before reaching a fence 200 feet beyond the end of the strip. The undercarriage struck the fence and the pilot abandoned the take-off and landed In the adjacent paddock The aircraft entered a shallow swamp, breaking off the nosewheel fork before coming to rest.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1030 EST    
Location: Mlnnamoolka Station SW Cairns    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 02 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-RJC  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mlnnamoolka  
Departure time 1030  
Destination Spring Creek  
Last update 01 April 2011