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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240287
Last updated: 19 April 2021
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Date:20-AUG-2020
Time:12:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-T Merlin IIIB
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-LDQ
C/n / msn: T-326
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Gunnedah Airport, NSW (GUH/YGDH) -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Gunnedah Airport, NSW (GUH/YGDH)
Destination airport:Gold Coast, Queensland
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
The pilot commenced the take-off run on runway 29 at Gunnedah Airport, Australia. The pilot stated observing something on the runway surface in the distance, but thought the areas were patches on the pavement. As the aircraft accelerated, it became apparent that there were two holes excavated from the runway pavement. The pilot attempted to avoid the holes but was unable to clear them with the left main undercarriage.
The aircraft sustained damage to the left main undercarriage assembly that resulted in it collapsing and the left propeller striking the ground. The aircraft left the runway and came to rest outside the flight strip.

The local council had submitted NOTAM information the previous day to close the airport for runway pavement works between 0700 and 1500 on 20 August 2020. The excavations had been made during the morning of 20 August. A white cross to signify the runway was closed, was in the signal area near the windsock from the closure time stated in the NOTAM visible for landing aircraft. The pilot noted that there were no visual cues to indicate works in progress.

Sources:

https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2020/08/20/lucky-pilot-escapes-harm-after-plane-crashes-off-gunnedah-runway/
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHLDQ
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2020/aair/ao-2020-056/


Images:

Photo of VH-LDQ courtesy AirHistory.net


Coolangatta (YBCG / OOL)
19 August 2016; (c) Ian McDonell

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Aug-2020 06:32 gerard57 Added
20-Aug-2020 08:02 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source]
20-Aug-2020 11:33 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
20-Feb-2021 19:49 harro Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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