Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna P 206, VH-MYD, Medlow Bath NSW, 29 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the pre-landing checks, the pilot noted that no pressure was available from the left brake pedal. The strip has a slight slope, and the pilot elected to land up the slope in light quartering tailwind conditions. The aircraft bounced twice after touchdown and the pilot commenced a go around. The aircraft veered off the strip and collided with several trees before coming to rest 50 metres from the centre of the strip. The left brake had lost pressure because a worn seal had allowed air into the brake line. The pilot advised that the brake problem did not affect the selection of landing direction. It was considered that directional control was lost during the attempted go around, when the aircraft was affected by a wind gust at a critical stage of the flight.

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General details
Date: 29 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1515    
Location: Medlow Bath    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-MYD  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Medlow Bath NSW  
Departure time 1515  
Destination Medlow Bath NSW