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Last updated: 17 February 2020
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Date:Thursday 19 August 1948
Time:17:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Qantas
Registration: VH-EAM
C/n / msn: 9286
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:5236
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (YBAF), Australia
Destination airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (YBAF), Australia
Narrative:
The Certificate of Airworthiness of DC-3 VH-EAM expired on July 23, 1948 and the aircraft was overhauled at Archerfield Airport, Australia.
On completion of the overhaul on August 19, a Certificate of Inspection was issued to carry out a test flight.

Probable Cause:

The cause of the accident was loss of control of the aircraft during take-off due to the reversed operation of the aileron control surfaces which was caused by the incorrect assembly of the aileron control cables.
Contributory causes of the accident were:
1. Carelessness on the part of the pilot in that he did not ensure that the flying controls were functioning correctly before commencing the take-off on this test flight; and
2. Faulty inspection on the part of [name] in that he failed to detect that the aileron cables were incorrectly assembled during the overhaul of the aircraft.

Classification:
Wrong installation of parts
Loss of control

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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