Aviation safety investigations & reports

Thorp T18, VH-RWT, Berwick VIC, 6 April 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft joined the circuit for a landing on the duty runway, 06. On short final the pilot was advised that there was a 3 knot tailwind. She continued with the landing and as the tail was lowered to the runway, after touchdown, the aircraft began to accelerate and yaw to the left. Corrective action was taken and the yaw stopped. However, as the pilot applied the hand operated brake, the aircraft again yawed quickly to the left and ground-looped before coming to rest on the right wing tip and nose. During the landing the wind had changed from a light north-easterly to an 18 knot south-westerly.

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General details
Date: 06 April 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1810    
Location: Berwick    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 15 January 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Thorp Engineering Company  
Aircraft model T-18  
Aircraft registration VH-RWT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mangalore VIC  
Departure time 1734  
Destination Berwick VIC  
Last update 01 April 2011