Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 19, VH-ECN, Lismore NSW, 17 December 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that he was making a landing approach in 10 knot crosswind conditions. After the first touchdown he experienced difficulty in maintaining directional control and elected to carry out a go-around. On the subsequent approach the aircraft touched down prematurely and bounced. While airborne the aircraft commenced to drift to the right, before touching down and bouncing again. A go-around was initiated but the aircraft drifted further to the right and struck a fence 64 metres from the runway centre-line. It was estimated that the wind was actually gusting up to about 20 knots across the runway and was therefore above the maximum crosswind limit for the aircraft type. The pilot had been unable to maintain directional control during the go around and the tailwheel had snagged on the fence.

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General details
Date: 17 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1625    
Location: Lismore    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 31 October 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-18  
Aircraft registration VH-ECN  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield QLD  
Departure time 1513  
Destination Lismore NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014