Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 152, VH-NAO, Goolwa SA, 19 December 1986

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Status: Completed
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The pilot had decided to practice crosswind landings. When the aircraft was about 30 feet above the ground on final approach, he reported that it was affected by a wind gust. The aircraft sank rapidly and landed heavily on the nosewheel, which folded backward. The aircraft then skidded for 56 metres before coming to rest. It is probable that the high sink rate was caused by windshear. The pilot was inexperienced and did not take the correct action to counter the high rate of sink.

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General details
Date: 19 December 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1320    
Location: Goolwa    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 11 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-NAO  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Goolwa SA  
Departure time 1320  
Destination Goolwa SA  
Last update 13 May 2014