Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180, VH-MPW, Moorabbin Airport VIC, 24 December 1987

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Status: Completed
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In the latter stage of the landing roll the aircraft encountered a strong gust of wind from the right. The aircraft swung suddenly to the right and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. The left maingear leg bent and the airframe distorted, allowing the left door to become dislodged. The aircraft came to rest on the runway, after having groundlooped through 130 degrees. Before landing the pilot had carefully monitored the Aerodrome Terminal Information. He was fully aware of the possibility of occasional wind gusts resulting in a maximum crosswind component of 15 knots, which is 2 knots above the maximum limitation for the aircraft. Also he was prepared to conduct a go-around should he have encountered any problems during the approach and flare during the touch down. It is also probable that the pilot relaxed his concentration too early during the landing roll, in anticipation of completing the day's flight.

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General details
Date: 24 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1456    
Location: Moorabbin Airport    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 25 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-MPW  
Serial number 32636  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Albury NSW  
Departure time 1340  
Destination Moorabbin Airport VIC