Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182 RG, VH-SMV, Maitland NSW, 18 April 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot decided to carry out a circuit in order to check the performance of the engine. Because of the presence of a gusting 20 knot westerly wind, a higher than normal approach speed was flown. The pilot stated that he closed the throttle at about 50 feet agl and flared the aircraft. The subsequent landing was heavy, the aircraft bounced, the pilot moved the control column forward and the aircraft bounced a second time. On the third touch down the pilot reported that the tail struck the runway causing substantial damage to the tail area of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 18 April 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1055 (Aprx)    
Location: Maitland    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 31 July 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-SMV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Maitland NSW  
Departure time 1055 (Aprx)  
Destination Maitland NSW