Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-WHK, Cape Keer-weer, 147 km South of Weipa QLD, 27 June 1985

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Status: Completed
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The pilot stated that just after the aircraft became airborne it encountered a strong gust of wind. The left wing tip and nosewheel struck the ground and the aircraft overturned. During the take-off run the pilot held back pressure on the control column and at 50 knots selected 10 degrees of flap, the aircraft becoming airborne after a ground roll of only 170 metres. The take-off distance required was 650 metres, however, the take-off was attempted on an unprepared salt pan with an available take-off distance of 300 metres. The pilot had operated from this area previously but on this occasion the aircraft was at a higher all up weight. The wind gust reported by the pilot was probably associated with a willy willy, encountered when the aircraft was at a low airspeed.

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General details
Date: 27 June 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0930    
Location: Cape Keer-weer, 147 km South of Weipa    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WHK  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cape Keer-weer QLD  
Departure time 930  
Destination Musgrave Station QLD