Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 152, VH-IBL, Shepparton VIC, 18 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting practice forced landings in the training area. When overshooting from one of these approaches he observed that the flap would not retract from the two stages down position. After advising the flying club by radio of the problem, the pilot returned for a landing. The aircraft bounced on touchdown and then began to porpoise. The nosewheel was dislodged and the aircraft slewed off the runway before nosing over onto its back. The flaps had failed to retract because of a faulty micro-switch. The pilot had not experienced a malfunction of this nature before and had allowed this to distract him from the operation of the aircraft. He had persevered with the landing after the initial bounce, but had not been able to exercise adequate pitch control.

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General details
Date: 18 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110    
Location: Shepparton    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 13 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-IBL  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Shepparton VIC  
Departure time 1110  
Destination Shepparton VIC