Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna U206G, VH-FRT, Wilpena SA, 12 March 1984

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Status: Completed
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During the landing flare the aircraft ballooned and assumed a nose-high attitude. The pilot attempted to take corrective action but the tail contacted the ground before the mainwheels. The aircraft bounced and on the subsequent touchdown the tail again struck the ground. The pilot was inexperienced on the aircraft type and had used an approach speed below that recommended in the Aircraft Flight Manual. The aircraft was flared too high and incorrect recovery action was taken by the pilot after the aircraft ballooned.

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General details
Date: 12 March 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 843    
Location: Wilpena    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 30 July 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-FRT  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wilpena SA  
Departure time 0843  
Destination Wilpena SA  
Last update 13 May 2014