Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182P, VH-TSA, 2km East of Miles QLD, 19 December 1985

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Status: Completed
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As the aircraft was being taxied for take-off, the nosewheel struck a small termite mound. The nosegear was broken off and the aircraft came to rest on the lower engine cowl. The strip was normally slashed every two weeks, a process which cut the grass and removed termite mounds. Because of recent dry weather which had inhibited grass growth, slashing had not been done for 4-5 weeks, and small termite mounds had built up. Several of these mounds were not noticed during the pre-flight strip inspection. The low colour contrast between the mounds and the strip surface, and the sun angle at the time, made the mounds difficult to see.

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General details
Date: 19 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: 2km East of Miles    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 19 March 1986   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-TSA  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 2km East of Miles QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination 2km East of Miles QLD