Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fairchild Metro, Swearingen SA227-TT, VH-UZA, Angaston SA, 7 May 1982

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting a flight to pick up a VIP passenger from a strip at which he had not previously landed. After an aerial inspection he approached with gear down and flap half extended. The aircraft struck the end of the strip heavily causing deformation of the forward pressure bulkhead, twisting of the right wing and bending the right maingear and right propeller blades. Although the pilot stated that he intended to go-around at 50 feet, analysis of propeller impact marks in the strip surface indicate that the aircraft struck the ground at a low power setting before go-around power was applied. The aircraft became airborne again after a ground roll of 112 metres and the pilot diverted to Parafield where a landing was carried out without further incident. A subsequent survey showed that the strip did not meet minimum ALA requirements in respect of length, width, slope or approach gradients.

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General details
Date: 07 May 1982   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1529    
Location: Angaston    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 22 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Industries Inc  
Aircraft model SA227  
Aircraft registration VH-UZA  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Essendon VIC  
Departure time 1529  
Destination Angaston SA  
Last update 03 June 2014