Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna U206C, VH-APH, Oodnadatta SA, 17 August 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After touch down the aircraft began a series of bounces. The pilot initially attempted to control the aircraft with the elevators but then applied full power to go-around. However, the aircraft struck the ground in a nose-down attitude tearing off the nosewheel and bending the propeller blades. The pilot was relatively inexperienced in the aircraft type. The circuit was poorly judged and resulted in a steep final approach, at a low power setting , being flown. Following the misjudged landing flare, the pilot delayed in carrying out a go-around.

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General details
Date: 17 August 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1410    
Location: Oodnadatta    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 24 October 1985   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-APH  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Leigh Creek SA  
Departure time 1410  
Destination Oodnadatta SA