Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway excursion involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-44-180, VH-BTU, Yorketown, SA on 24 July 1993

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The pilot initiated a takeoff after last light utilising the headlights of a parked motor vehicle to light part of the strip. Added to the poor lighting available, the windscreen of the aircraft became partially fogged, reducing the pilot's view in the proposed takeoff direction. During the takeoff run the aircraft began to veer to the left and, although the pilot attempted to abandon the takeoff, it ran off the strip and struck a fence.
General details
Date: 24 July 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 18:00 CST    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 09 August 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-44-180  
Aircraft registration VH-BTU  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Yorketown SA  
Destination Parafield SA