Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-260, VH-PYV, Robe SA, 31 October 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Prior to the flight the pilot had an associate check that the strip was serviceable. On arrival overhead the airfield the pilot chose to land on the shorter of the two strips into a 30 knot wind. During the landing roll, as the aircraft crossed the other strip, the pilot observed that the strip had been recently hoed. The nosewheel sunk into the soft surface, the aircraft veered to the left and the nosegear leg folded rearwards. The associate did not check the condition of the strip but advised the pilot that the strip was "always okay". The pilot did not check with the owner of the strip to ascertain its status, which at the time of the accident was undergoing reconstruction. Although not required for an ALA, the owner had placed a white unserviceability cross adjacent to the windsock. The pilot reported that he did not see that marker. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1940    
Location: Robe    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 21 November 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-PYV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Robe SA