Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-WSI, Harewood (2.5 km SE Tooradin) VIC, 30 October 1986

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been conducting a series of solo circuits and landings. On the seventh circuit, a normal approach was flown but the aircraft ballooned slightly as the flare was commenced. The aircraft was then seen to climb abruptly to a height of about 20 feet, and shortly afterwards the left wing dropped. Full power was applied, but descent continued and the left wing tip struck the ground. The aircraft slewed rapidly to the left and the nose struck the side of a ditch. During his training, the pilot had experienced some inconsistency in the control of the landing flare. On this occasion he had evidently applied rearward pressure to the control column, and had not relaxed this pressure before the aircraft stalled.

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General details
Date: 30 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1345    
Location: Harewood (2.5 km SE Tooradin)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WSI  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Harewood VIC  
Departure time 1345  
Destination Harewood VIC