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Last updated: 2 December 2020
Date:jeudi 10 mars 1949
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar
Compagnie:Queensland Airlines
Immatriculation: VH-BAG
Numéro de série: 18-2194
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 18 / à bord: 18
Total:victimes: 21 / à bord: 21
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Coolangatta Airport, QLD (OOL) (   Australie)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Coolangatta Airport, QLD (OOL/YBCG), Australie
Aéroport de destination:Brisbane-Eagle Farm Airport, QLD, Australie
The Lodestar became airborne half way along the runway and continued to fly close to the ground as it accelerated. As the undercarriage retracted, it began to a steep climb. The climb continued to steepen and at about 250 feet, the starboard wing dropped and VH-BAG lost height. The wing was picked up, then the port wing dropped and the aircraft entered a curving descent to the left. Gradually gaining a more level attitude, it finally dropped heavily into a swamp between the airstrip and the beach, crashed and burned. It appeared that the centre of gravity was too far aft. The aircraft's load chart, issued with its Certificate of Airworthiness, contained a number of errors. In addition, the passenger seats were 25 mm further apart than indicated on the chart, resulting in a rearward movement of the centre of gravity with all seats occupied. Furthermore, the load chart provided only for the aircraft's "undercarriage down" condition. Yet retracting the undercarriage moved the centre of gravity rearwards. Final calculations indicated the centre of gravity at takeoff would have been between 41.8 per cent and 42.4 per cent MAC, moving to 43.4 - 43.9 per cent MAC following gear retraction. The CofG was supposed to be between 28.5 and 39 per cent.

» Flight Safety Australia, November-December 1999


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Coolangatta Airport, QLD et Brisbane-Eagle Farm Airport, QLD est de 94 km (59 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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