Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman AA5-B, VH-IFS, Birdsville QLD, 5 September 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had held a Private Pilot Licence which had expired about six months prior to the accident. A witness reported that after the aircraft touched down it bounced about three times before landing in a nose down attitude which resulted in the nosegear strut failing in overload. The landing was attempted in a 10 knot crosswind and the pilot reported that the aircraft was affected by a wind gust during the landing sequence. The pilot was not in recent flying practice and had not flown for about five months prior to this trip.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1350    
Location: Birdsville    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 13 November 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model AA-5  
Aircraft registration VH-IFS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Windorah QLD  
Departure time 1155  
Destination Birdsville QLD