Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.
On 25 December 2020, a Raytheon (Beechcraft) A36 aircraft was departing from a private airstrip on a property near Pingrup, Western Australia, for a private flight to Jandakot, Western Australia, with the pilot and four passengers on board.
During the take-off to the east, when about halfway down the runway, the pilot detected a sudden and severe wind change. The northerly wind became gusty and variable, which affected the aircraft’s airspeed, resulting in a stall warning. When the stall warning sounded, the aircraft was approximately 10 ft above the runway, but the pilot was having difficulty maintaining altitude.
The pilot elected to reject the take-off and land but was unable to stop the aircraft before the end of the runway. The aircraft overran the runway and struck a fence, resulting in substantial damage to the propeller, wings, landing gear and fuselage. There were no injuries to the pilot or passengers.
As a result of this accident, the pilot has advised the ATSB that they are planning to install a second windsock at the eastern end of the airstrip, and construct an additional flight strip running in a north/south direction.
This accident highlights the importance of early decision making for pilots, specifically when rejecting a take-off. Instead of attempting to keep the aircraft in the air operating below safe flying speed, the pilot made the safer decision to land back on the runway. Although the aircraft was damaged, the pilot and the passengers were uninjured.
About this report
Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.
|Date:||25 December 2020||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||92 km east-north-east of Katanning|
|Release Date:||11 February 2021||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Raytheon Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Pingrup Western Australia|
|Destination||Jandakot Western Australia|