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Last updated: 17 July 2019
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 3 February 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
PADC/Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
Operator:Geelong Air Travel
Registration: VH-IGT
C/n / msn: 503
First flight: 1977
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Wilton Airfield, NSW (   Australia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Wilton Airfield, NSW, Australia
Destination airport:Wilton Airfield, NSW, Australia
Narrative:
During the take-off roll the aircraft did not achieve flying speed by the point where it was normally expected to become airborne. The pilot abandoned the take-off and applied maximum braking, but was unable to prevent the aircraft over-running the strip. The aircraft broke through the boundary fence and came to rest in a small ditch. The reason the aircraft did not achieve flying speed could not be positively determined. In this aircraft type, it is important that the elevator trim is correctly set for take-off. If nose-down trim is inadvertently applied, excessive rearward pressure is required on the control column in order to raise the nose. However, the trim position set by the pilot was not established. When the take-off attempt was abandoned, there was probably sufficient strip remaining to stop the aircraft. However, the brake linings and discs were worn to the extent where full brake effectiveness could not be obtained.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: 198502515
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Runway excursion

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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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