Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision on ground involving a Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc. LA-4-200, VH-FTB, King Fisher Bay, QLD on 9 January 1998

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the take-off run, the aircraft struck an unseen, submerged object. The impact launched the aircraft out of the water prematurely. The pilot placed the aircraft back on the surface of the water and continued the take-off run. The pilot then noticed that water was entering the cabin behind the front seats and that the aircraft began to vibrate. He rejected the takeoff and stopped the engine before evacuating his passengers and himself. The aircraft sank approximately 15 minutes later.
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General details
Date: 09 January 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:30 EST    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 15 January 1998   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc.  
Aircraft model LA-4-200  
Aircraft registration VH-FTB  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point King Fisher Bay Qld  
Destination King Fisher Bay Qld