Aviation safety investigations & reports

Zenith CH 200, VH-MAD, Dixons Creek VIC, 26 March 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Initial touchdown occurred about one third of the way along the 518 metre strip. A slight bounce followed and as soon as the aircraft had settled on the ground again the brakes were applied. There was no noticeable retardation and the pilot attempted to go around. The nosewheel struck a gable marker just prior to the boundary fence, and the left mainwheel contacted the top strands of the fence. The fuselage was punctured by a fence post and the pilot abandoned the take-off attempt. An inspection of the strip immediately after the occurrence revealed a very heavy dew on the short, thick grass surface.

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General details
Date: 26 March 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 720    
Location: Dixons Creek    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 13 May 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model CH-200  
Aircraft registration VH-MAD  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Moorabbin VIC  
Departure time 0720  
Destination Dixons Creek VIC