Aviation safety investigations & reports

C.A. 28 Ceres, VH-WHY, Binalong NSW, 4 November 1969

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Status: Completed
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The pilot flew from Cootamundra to an agricultural strip near Binalong to familiarise himself with it and the adjoining property over which he was to conduct spraying operations later that morning. The strip, which is 1350 feet in length, has a 5% upslope to the north-west, and the uneven gradient obscures the top of the strip for approximately half of the landing run available. The strip was covered with green grass nine Inches high and the grass was wet from dew. The weather was fine with a light easterly wind. The pilot flew around the area, observing a stationary loader truck on the north-west end of the strip, and on final approach aligned the aircraft to the right of it. The aircraft touched down approximately 150 feet inside the boundary. About 600 feet from the north-west end the pilot applied brakes but without effect. He released and re-applied the brakes but the wheels locked. The aircraft appeared to be sliding towards the stationary truck and the pilot attempted to avoid it but the outer section of the port mainplane struck the cabin of the truck at a speed of approximately 10 knots.

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General details
Date: 04 November 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0800 EST    
Location: south of Binalong    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 19 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Commonwealth Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model CA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-WHY  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cootamundra  
Departure time 0730  
Destination Property  
Last update 13 May 2014