Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech A36 Bonanza, VH-MGM, St Marys (13 km NW Hoxton Park) NSW, 10 July 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On arrival in the circuit area, the pilot assessed the wind to be from the south-west at 10 knots. He elected to land downwind, as the strip sloped slightly uphill to the north-east. Touchdown occurred about halfway along the strip, and the pilot was unable to bring the aircraft to a stop in the distance remaining. The aircraft collided with a fence and came to rest 60 metres beyond the end of the strip. The strip was undulating, with the slope in the landing direction varying from 2 up to 1.5 down. The average upslope was in the order of 1 , and the pilot evidently misjudged the effect this slope would have on a landing in downwind conditions. The aircraft crossed the threshold slightly higher than the pilot desired, and it floated for a considerable distance under the influence of the tailwind. After touchdown, the pilot was reluctant to carry out a go-around because of the slope.

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General details
Date: 10 July 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1109    
Location: St Marys (13 km NW Hoxton Park)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 05 August 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 36  
Aircraft registration VH-MGM  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wagga NSW  
Departure time 1109  
Destination St Marys NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014