Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182-P, VH-IRL, Brunette Downs Racecourse NT (218 km NE of Tennant Creek NT), 5 June 1983

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After crossing the threshold at 75 knots power was reduced to idle and a landing flare commenced at about 25 feet agl. The aircraft floated for some distance before the nosewheel contacted the ground heavily 400 metres from the threshold. A bounce ensued followed by a further heavy touchdown on the nosewheel which then collapsed and was torn off as the aircraft slid on its nose for 98 metres.

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General details
Date: 05 June 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1125    
Location: Brunette Downs Racecourse NT (218 km NE of Tennant Creek NT)    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 23 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-IRL  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tennant Creek NT  
Departure time 1024  
Destination Brunette Downs Racecourse NT  
Last update 13 May 2014