Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180-K, VH-APW, Parafield SA, 28 August 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot, who had just purchased the aircraft, had little experience on tailwheel types although he had completed two hours of training the previous day. On the following morning he intended to further familiarise himself with the aircraft, by carrying out a number of circuits. During an attempted three-point landing the left wingtip struck the runway and directional control was lost. The aircraft veered off the runway and came to rest outside the flight strip. The landing on which the accident occurred was conducted in gusting crosswind conditions. The recent training received by the pilot did not include any instruction in crosswind landing techniques.

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General details
Date: 28 August 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: Parafield    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 31 October 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-APW  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Parafield SA