Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman AA-5B, VH-MQW, Innamincka SA, 6 September 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot decided to land on the shorter of two strips, using a short field technique. Touchdown was made 75 metres into the 470 metre strip, but the pilot was undecided whether to apply maximum braking or to initiate a go-around. Full power was applied and the aircraft became airborne for a short time before touching down in rough terrain. It came to rest with both main gears collapsed, 282 metres beyond the end of the strip. The pilot had not obtained data on the strip and therefore had not checked the landing performance chart which would have indicated that the strip was too short for the aircraft weight and prevailing conditions.

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General details
Date: 06 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800    
Location: Innamincka    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 15 December 1987   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-MQW  
Serial number 492  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Birdsville QLD  
Departure time 1640  
Destination Innamincka SA