Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-181, VH-TXN, Alice Springs NT, 11 July 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After touchdown the aircraft bounced back into the air and the pilot then raised the flap to the fully retracted position. The aircraft contacted the runway nosewheel first, bounced again and landed on its nosewheeel for the second time. The nosegear subsequently failed and the aircraft skidded straight ahead and came to rest on the runway. The pilot had been advised by an instructor, on the day he left on this trip, to use an approach speed of 80 knots. However, the Piper Operating Instructions for this aircraft recommends an approach speed of 66 knots. The aircraft was flared at 80 knots and ballooned. The pilot said that he was uncertain about landing at a major airport and apprehensive about this landing because of the possibility of wake turbulence from a Boeing 727, which had departed five minutes previously. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 11 July 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1108    
Location: Alice Springs    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 10 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-TXN  
Serial number 28-7690111  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Oodnadatta SA  
Departure time 900  
Destination Alice Springs NT