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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218296
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LA4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer
Registration: VH-BDK
MSN: 773
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mypolonga, SA -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Mypolonga, SA
Destination airport:YMBD
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot was taxiing along the river at a speed of about 35 knots. At the end of the taxi run he initiated a turn to line up for takeoff by applying full power and left rudder while holding the control column back. As the aircraft began to turn, the pilot sensed that the aircraft felt unusual. He closed the throttle, and noticed that the left pontoon float had separated from the wing and was being dragged by the fuel line. The water rudder was lowered and the pilot steered the aircraft towards the bank of the river. However, while concentrating on the left wing, the pilot did not notice that the right wing had insufficient clearance from trees on the river bank, and a collision ensued.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

9 Sep 1996 VH-BDK 0 Hogwash, SA w/o


Photo of VH-BDK courtesy

Adelaide - Parafield (YPPF)
17 April 1998; (c) David Tanner (via Daniel Tanner)

Revision history:

22-Nov-2018 11:10 Pineapple Added

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