Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180 E, VH-AUT, Avalon VIC, 9 August 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting a series of circuits and touch-and-go landings. Both three-point and wheel landings were carried out without problem. On the final landing, touchdown was made in a three-point attitude at a speed of about 45 knots. After the aircraft had rolled for about 100 metres, the pilot applied even braking to both mainwheels. The aircraft immediately veered to the left, and the pilot was unable to stop the swing before the right maingear collapsed. No fault was subsequently found with the braking system of the aircraft, and there was no sudden wind gust or other meteorological condition which might have contributed to the accident. Although the pilot had a reasonable amount of tailwheel aircraft experience, he lacked currency in the Cessna 180. It was likely that on the final landing of the exercise he had unconsciously relaxed his level of concentration.

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General details
Date: 09 August 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1310    
Location: Avalon    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 February 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-AUT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Avalon VIC  
Departure time 1310  
Destination Avalon VIC