Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150-G, VH-RXL, Berwick VIC, 4 August 1984

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Status: Completed
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The student had completed five dual circuits and was then authorised to carry out two solo circuits and landings. During the second approach some turbulence was encountered and a hard landing was made. The aircraft ballooned to 5 metres and ground looped on the subsequent touchdown. After the aircraft had turned through 180 degrees its left wing tip scraped the ground and it nosed over. After the heavy touchdown the student had held excessive back pressure to keep the nosewheel off the ground. A wind gust caused the aircraft to become airborne and the pilot was unable to effect timely recovery action.

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General details
Date: 04 August 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1005    
Location: Berwick    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 24 September 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-RXL  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Berwick VIC  
Departure time 1005  
Destination Berwick VIC  
Last update 13 May 2014