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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208716
Last updated: 8 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172L
Registration: VH-EKM
C/n / msn: 17259666
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wallan Airport (YWAN), Wallan, VIC -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:YWAN
Destination airport:YWAN
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot taxied out for take off. Run up and pre-takeoff checks were normal. Full power was applied for takeoff and the aircraft accelerated. However, by two thirds to three quarters of the 1000 metre length the aircraft was not airborne. The pilot applied back pressure on the control column and lifted off. The airspeed then decreased so the pilot lowered the nose. The left wing dropped and the aircraft descended, striking the ground nose down and overturning. The pilot had inadvertently taken off in strong gusty downwind conditions.


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


Photo of VH-EKM courtesy

Griffith (YGTH / GFF)
February 1979; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

03-Apr-2018 13:52 Pineapple Added

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