Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210N, VH-BFN, Wingelinna WA (230km SW of Yulara NT), 7 May 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft arrived in the circuit area in the late afternoon. The pilot assessed that the prevailing wind would make it necessary to land into the sun on Strip 29. He overflew the strip and carried out a right hand circuit intending to touch down on the left side of the strip, to allow for the crosswind. After touchdown, the pilot looked out of the left window in an attempt to keep the aircraft aligned with the strip. However, he did not see three half 200 litre steel drums that were located 14 metres in from the left side of the strip and the left mainwheel struck one of these drums. The left maingear folded and the aircraft slewed to the left and became entangled in the perimeter fence before coming to rest. The steel drums encroached on the strip landing area. The pilot was not aware of their location before landing although the drums could be readily seen from circuit altitude. The non-standard circuit pattern, the decision to land on the left side of the strip and the sunglare all contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 07 May 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800    
Location: Wingelinna WA (230km SW of Yulara NT)    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 22 August 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-BFN  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Blackstone, 61km SW of Wingellina WA  
Departure time 1744  
Destination Wingelinna WA