Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-140, VH-PXU, 4 Km SE of Speed, Victoria on 19 October 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The approach was made with full flap extended at an indicated airspeed of between 75 and 80 knots. As the pilot closed the throttle in preparation for landing, the handle of the throttle lever came off in her hand. The aircraft struck the runway heavily and bounced several times, collapsing the nose gear leg. The pilot had been distracted when the throttle lever handle separated during the landing flare. The handle had been attached by an unsuitable retaining bolt.

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General details
Date: 19 October 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: 4 Km SE of Speed    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 15 February 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-PXU  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Turriff VIC  
Departure time 1545  
Destination Turriff VIC  
Last update 08 October 2015