Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-140, VH-RVN, 11 km ESE Cervantes WA, 27 September 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot flew to Cervantes on the day prior to the accident to visit some friends. However, upon hearing reports of acts of vandalism at Cervantes airstrip, he inspected several areas on the farm as possible landing sites with the intention of repositioning the aircraft. The next day the aircraft was flown to the farm, where after an airborne inspection the pilot chose the second of two possible landing sites. The aircraft subsequently overshot the intended touchdown point. During the hold off over rising ground, the nose of the aircraft dropped and the aircraft impacted the ground heavily on the nosewheel. The aircraft pitched forward and came to rest inverted. The landing area was unsuitable because of the steeply undulating surface.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1135    
Location: 11 km ESE Cervantes    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 22 February 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-RVN  
Serial number 28-20892  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cervantes WA  
Departure time 1105  
Destination 11 km ESE Cervantes WA