Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA23-160, VH-DBF, Schofields NSW, 19 March 1983

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft was crossing the threshold, about 300 metres behind an Iroquois helicopter, when the right wing dropped. The nose also dropped and the nosewheel contacted the runway heavily and was broken off. The aircraft slid along the runway for some 200 metres on its nose before coming to rest. The aircraft evidently encountered the wake turbulence created by the helicopter.

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General details
Date: 19 March 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 820    
Location: Schofields    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 14 May 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-23  
Aircraft registration VH-DBF  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Camden NSW  
Departure time 0820  
Destination Schofields NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014