Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172B, VH-WAQ, Murtoa, Vic, 16 June 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the morning the pilot, who had not flown for about 3 months, flew the aircraft, solo, and made three landings without Incident, in the afternoon he took three friends on a flight around the town of Murtoa and on returning to the field approached to land without using engine power and with full flap selected. The aircraft touched down on the crest of a shallow undulation and bounced three times. The pilot did not take any corrective action and on the last touch down the aircraft landed heavily on the nosewheel assembly which collapsed rearwards. The aircraft skidded for a distance of 60 feet until the propeller spinner dug Into the ground and brought it to a halt.
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General details
Date: 16 June 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1410 EST    
Location: Murtoa    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 03 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WAQ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Murtoa  
Departure time 1400  
Destination Murtoa  
Last update 13 May 2014