Aviation safety investigations & reports

Conaero LA 4-200, VH-XDH, 12 km North Strahan TAS, 11 December 1985

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Status: Completed
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The pilot had not previously landed at the particular area, but had carried out a detailed inspection to ensure no debris was present in the water, which was about one metre in depth. Almost immediately after touchdown the nose yawed some 20 degrees to the left and the aircraft pitched forward and overturned. A subsequent inspection revealed considerable damage to the hull below the cabin floor. The investigation discovered that the right hand nosegear door had previously been damaged. The repairs carried out had not corrected weaknesses in the door resulting from this damage. The area selected for landing on this occasion was too short for normal operations, and discolouring of the water prevented the pilot from detecting any obstructions below the surface. The aircraft adopted a nose-low attitude shortly after touchdown, but whether this was pilot induced or the result of striking a sankbank was not established. The resulting pressure of water on the nose area distorted the already weakened gear door and forced the left door sideways into about the normal open position. During the subsequent yaw and overturn, the right wing and the nose of the aircraft struck the bottom of the river.

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General details
Date: 11 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1924    
Location: 12 km North Strahan    
State: Tasmania    
Release date: 30 July 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc.  
Aircraft model LA-4  
Aircraft registration VH-XDH  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Strahan TAS  
Departure time 1924  
Destination Strahan TAS