Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Maule Aircraft Corp M-7-235, VH-JLU, Lady Musgrave Island, QLD on 5 January 1998

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that while taking off from Lady Musgrave lagoon, just after the aircraft became airborne, a gust of wind caused the right wing to drop. The wing contacted the water surface and the aircraft cartwheeled to the right. The windscreen was shattered and the cockpit filled with water immediately. The aircraft came to rest inverted under the floats in approximately 8 metres of water. The rear seat passengers egressed safely from the right side of the aircraft with cuts and bruises.The pilots door was jammed but the pilot kicked out the side window and egressed with the front seat passenger from the left side of the aircraft. The aircraft was eventually washed onto the reef and destroyed by wave and tide action. An attempt to salvage the aircraft was unsuccessful. The pilot reported that the wind at the time was a 20-25 knot south-easterly, the general weather was squally conditions with wind gusts to 30 knots, and the sea state was choppy with waves to one metre.
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General details
Date: 05 January 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 17:00 EST    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 28 January 1998   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Maule Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model M-7-235  
Aircraft registration VH-JLU  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lady Musgrave Lagoon Qld  
Destination Bundaberg Qld