Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172P, VH-KKX, Parafield SA, 31 August 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Following a dual check, the student was briefed to carry out a series of circuits and landings. During the first of these the aircraft microphone failed, and a full stop landing was made in order to obtain a replacement. A normal takeoff and circuit was then flown, however the aircraft was low on approach and the pilot elected to carry out a go-around. After reaching a height of about 200 feet the aircraft was placed in level flight. A descent was then commenced, followed by a turn through 270 degrees. At this point the aircraft touched down in a paddock, became airborne again, then collided with a roadside sign and a power line. It then struck the median strip of a main road and came to rest after colliding with the aerodrome boundary fence. Initial investigation revealed no fault or malfunction of the aircraft which might have contributed to the accident. The student was making his sixth solo flight and had accumulated less than 2 hours in command. No fault was found with the aircraft which might have contributed to the accident. The pilot had experienced considerable learning difficulty during his training as indicated by his having flown only two hours solo in a total of 50 flight hours.

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General details
Date: 31 August 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Parafield    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-KKX  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Parafield SA