Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-140 Cherokee, VH-RSS, Paynesville, Vic, 24 January 1970

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


After an uneventful flight from Merimbula the pilot overflew the strip at Paynesville and made a circuit prior to landing into the east in a south easterly wind of eight knots. Just after touchdown, he applied the hand brake and about this time the toe of his right shoe slipped into and became jammed in the hole in the centre of the rudder toe-brake pedal. After the aircraft had run straight for some yards the pilot endeavoured to free his foot by pushing with it against the pedal. He continued to use the hand brake but the aircraft veered in a gentle curve to the right and ran off the strip and the starboard wing struck a fence post against which the aircraft came to rest.
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General details
Date: 24 January 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545 EST    
Location: Paynesville    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 11 November 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-RSS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Merimbula  
Departure time 1345  
Destination Paynesville  
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