Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210 L, VH-SRJ, Ascot (12 km North Ballarat) VIC, 9 June 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot's flight plan indicated that he would reach his destination 20 minutes before last light. During the flight this estimate was amended to 7 minutes before last light. As the enroute weather was satisfactory, the pilot proceeded as planned. However, about 10 kilometres from the aerodrome, rain showers and deteriorating visibility were encountered and the pilot did not consider it safe to continue. There was insufficient daylight remaining to reach the planned alternate aerodrome, and the pilot elected to carry out a precautionary landing on a sealed stretch of road. The aircraft touched down normally, but then began to drift to the right. A go-around was initiated, but the tailplane struck a fence post. The force of this impact almost tore the tail section from the aircraft. The pilot felt the impact but was unaware of the extent of the damage until after he had landed the aircraft in the adjoining paddock. The road on which the pilot had attempted to land was narrow, and the approach had been made in crosswind conditions. The pilot had limited experience on the type and had been unable to maintain directional control under the existing conditions.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1731    
Location: Ascot (12 km North Ballarat)    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 30 July 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-SRJ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mildura VIC  
Departure time 1602  
Destination Ballarat VIC