Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 172L, VH-EKM, Wallan, VIC on 19 February 1995

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot taxied out for take off on strip 36. Run up and pretakeoff checks were normal. Full power was applied for take off and the aircraft accelerated. However, by two thirds to three quarters of the 1000 metre length the aircraft was not airborne. The pilot applied back pressure on the control column and lifted off. The airspeed then decreased so the pilot lowered the nose. The left wing dropped and the aircraft descended, striking the ground nose down and overturning. The pilot had inadvertently taken off in strong gusty downwind conditions. Significant Factors The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the accident: 1. The pilot did not pay adequate attention to ascertaining the direction of the wind. 2. The pilot attempted a take off in strong downwind conditions.
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General details
Date: 19 February 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 14:26 ESuT    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 19 April 1995   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172L  
Aircraft registration VH-EKM  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wallan VIC  
Destination Wallan VIC