Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A152, VH-THF, Tyabb VIC, 20 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Following a period of dual instruction, the student was authorised to conduct a series of solo circuits and landings. On the first approach he lowered 30 degrees of flap and the aircraft touched down normally. After travelling about 50 metres, the aircraft veered sharply to the left, ran off the side of the strip, and came to rest in a shallow ditch just outside the boundary of the strip. The approach and landing had been conducted in light crosswind conditions. While compensating for these conditions, the pilot had probably inadvertently applied excessive forward pressure to the control column and a "wheel-barrow" situation developed. The elevator trim was found to be in the take-off position, which would have compounded the nose-down tendency during the landing roll.

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General details
Date: 20 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1655    
Location: Tyabb    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 29 January 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-THF  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tyabb VIC  
Departure time 1655  
Destination Tyabb VIC