Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172F, VH-DOX, Witchelina Homestead, 71 km NNW of Leigh Creek South SA, 27 February 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot flared the aircraft for landing but then decided he was undershooting and applied full power to go-around. The aircraft climbed to about 7 feet when the left wing dropped and struck the ground. The aircraft yawed sharply to the left and the nose struck the ground heavily. The pilot was late in detecting the undershoot but when full power was applied to correct this, he failed to adjust the pitch attitude and the aircraft stalled.

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General details
Date: 27 February 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1810    
Location: Witchelina Homestead, 71 km NNW of Leigh Creek South    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 20 August 1985   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-DOX  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Witchelina Homestead SA  
Departure time 1730  
Destination Witchelina Homestead SA  
Last update 13 May 2014