Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 28-140, VH-RUA, 24 Km SE of Bathurst NSW, 2 December 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had not landed at the strip before, and made four inspection runs prior to approaching to land uphill. There was a gusting crosswind from the left. He stated that as he flared to land, the aircraft suddenly veered to the right, and he applied full power to go around. The aircraft could not outclimb the rising terrain, and touched down in an adjacent field. It ran through a fence and struck an earth bank. The nosegear was torn off and the aircraft overturned. The strip selected by the pilot for landing had an upslope of 6 percent, which is in excess of the maximum allowable for the aircraft. The aircraft was unable to outclimb the terrain during the attempted go around because the slope of the terrain exceeded the climb performance capacity of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 02 December 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1120    
Location: 24 Km SE of Bathurst    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 23 March 1984   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-RUA  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gunning NSW  
Departure time 1020  
Destination 24 Km SE of Bathurst NSW  
Last update 01 April 2011