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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212929
Last updated: 1 September 2021
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Type:Winton Grasshopper
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Farnborough Beach, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Farnborough Beach, QLD
Destination airport:Farnborough Beach, QLD
Investigating agency: BASI
This flight was to be the pilot's first flight in a minimum aircraft. He was briefed to carry out a take-off and landing along the beach. When the aircraft became airborne a left bank was adopted and right rudder was used to attempt to regain directional control. As speed was increased directional control was achieved but oncoming obstructions made further manoeuvring necessary. After starting to climb, directional control was lost. The aircraft crashed into trees and caught fire. The pilot mentioned to his rescuers that the ailerons had been inoperative. The pilot later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Investigation of the apparent aileron failure was hampered by the degree of fire damage to the aircraft. This damage was a result of the inability of the plastic fuel tank to withstand the impact with the ground. The precise cause of the accident remains undetermined.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Jul-2018 06:49 Pineapple Added

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