Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210/5, VH-RWL, Maryborough Qld, 9 May 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When at a position about six miles south of Maryborough and at a height of about 3, 000 feet, the aircraft suffered a complete loss of engine power. The pilot chose to force land on the local golfcourse but, to do this, it was necessary to make a down wind approach over a power line and trees. The pilot forced the aircraft on to the ground immediately after clearing the obstacles so as to obtain braking effect as soon as possible since there were houses at the far end of the landing area. The nosewheel struck a grass bank at the point of touchdown and the nosewheel and fork broke off. The aircraft bounced and then slid on the collapsed nose strut and main wheels coming to rest after a swing to the left of 80 degrees. The fatigue failure of the studs and through bolts was compatible with lack of adequate pre-load applied by the respective nuts.

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General details
Date: 09 May 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0655 EST    
Location: Maryborough    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 11 May 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-RWL  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield  
Departure time 0555  
Destination Pialba  
Last update 13 May 2014