Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-R180, VH-CHI, Cessnock NSW, 8 November 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had successfully carried out a series of seven circuits with touch and go landings. He subsequently advised that he had been experiencing difficulties in maintaining accurate height and tracking on the downwind leg, and while concentrating on these points on the eighth circuit he forgot to lower the landing gear. As he flared the aircraft, he heard a radio message instructing him to go around. Full power was immediately applied, but the aircraft contacted the runway and skidded to a halt. The pilot had been relying on a memorised check list and, when distracted, performed only some of the checks required.

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General details
Date: 08 November 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100 aprx    
Location: Cessnock    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 21 February 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-CHI  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cessnock NSW  
Departure time 1100 aprx  
Destination Cessnock NSW