Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-140, VH-MAM, Wedderburn NSW, 9 June 1985

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Status: Completed
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As part of a club competition, the pilot was required to carry out a practice forced landing on the strip. On the downwind leg the height of the aircraft was lower than desired and the pilot adjusted his tracking in order to converge with the strip. A continuous turn from downwind to final was attempted, during which the left wing suddenly dropped and the rate of descent increased. The pilot was able to regain partial control but the aircraft struck the ground heavily and ran off the side of the strip, colliding with rocks and scrub. After misjudging the height and distance to the selected touchdown point, the pilot elected to continue the approach. During the latter stages of the turn onto final, the aircraft probably encountered mechanical turbulence, which resulted in control difficulties and an increased rate of descent. It was likely that the pilot was influenced by the competition atmosphere existing at the time.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1356    
Location   (show map): Wedderburn    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 16 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-MAM  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wedderburn VIC  
Departure time 1356  
Destination Wedderburn VIC