Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA-32, VH-ISB, Darwin NT, 28 October 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft owner was flying the aircraft under the supervision of the pilot-in-command. A landing was made on the grass to the south of the gravel strip. After a small bounce on initial touchdown, the aircraft landed firmly and the right wheel penetrated the ground to a depth of about 5 cm. The aircraft tipped forward, the propeller struck the ground and the aircraft overturned. The aircraft owner had elected to land on the grass adjacent to the gravel strip in order to prevent possible stone damage to the aircraft paintwork.

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General details
Date: 28 October 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1806    
Location: Darwin    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 10 September 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-ISB  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kununurra WA  
Departure time 1606  
Destination Darwin NT  
Last update 13 May 2014