Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bellanca 7 ECA, VH-SLO, Bankstown NSW, 12 October 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that gusty and turbulent conditions existed as he made his landing approach. During the flare the aircraft ballooned to about 10 feet, and after the subsequent touchdown the aircraft veered to the left before coming to rest on its nose and left wing tip. The pilot had only limited experience in tailwheel type aircraft. At the time of the accident the wind was gusty, with the crosswind component fluctuating around the maximum for the aircraft type. It was likely that the aircraft was affected by a strong gust during the flare, and the pilot was subsequently unable to maintain directional control.

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General details
Date: 12 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1200    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 29 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bellanca Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 7  
Aircraft registration VH-SLO  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mittagong NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Bankstown NSW