Aviation safety investigations & reports

Lake LA4-200, VH-BDK, Mypolonga SA, 29 January 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was taxiing along the river at a speed of about 35 knots. At the end of the taxi run he initiated a turn to line up for take-off by applying full power and left rudder while holding the control column back. As the aircraft began to turn, the pilot sensed that the aircraft felt unusual. He closed the throttle, and noticed that the left pontoon float had separated from the wing and was being dragged by the fuel line. The water rudder was lowered and the pilot steered the aircraft towards the bank of the river. However, while concentrating on the left wing, the pilot did not notice that the right wing had insufficient clearance from trees on the river bank, and a collision ensued.

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General details
Date: 29 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1845    
Location: Mypolonga    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Ground strike  
Release date: 01 November 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc.  
Aircraft model LA-4  
Aircraft registration VH-BDK  
Serial number 773  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mypolonga SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Murray Bridge SA