Aviation safety investigations & reports

Pitts S1-E, VH-WIZ, Leongatha VIC, 12 October 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was flying one of three similar aircraft in practice for a forthcoming aerobatic display. The three aircraft carried out a stream landing, with the pilot of the subject aircraft intending to land to the left of the centre of the strip. Shortly after a normal touchdown, the aircraft encountered a soft area of the strip and subsequently overturned, coming to rest 85 metres from the initial point of touchdown. The display team had had no prior indication of any soft areas on the strip surface.

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General details
Date: 12 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400    
Location: Leongatha    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pitts Aviation Enterprises  
Aircraft model S-1  
Aircraft registration VH-WIZ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Leongatha VIC  
Departure time 1400  
Destination Leongatha VIC