Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180-G, VH-DJS, Albury NSW, 20 March 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was making a landing approach in moderate crosswind conditions. He commenced the flare at about 15 feet above the runway, with the intention of touching down in a three-point attitude. The aircraft sank rapidly, touched down and bounced to about 10 feet. The pilot maintained rearward pressure on the control column, but did not apply power. The nose of the aircraft dropped sharply and the propeller struck the runway. The aircraft subsequently overturned, coming to rest on the runway centreline. The pilot had completed a check flight on the aircraft the previous day. Conditions during the check flight were more demanding than those at the time of the accident. It was likely that the pilot relaxed his concentration as he flared the aircraft for landing, and was unprepared when the aircraft bounced and subsequently stalled.

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General details
Date: 20 March 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1533    
Location: Albury    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 05 June 1987   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-DJS  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Deniliquin NSW  
Departure time 1430 approx  
Destination Albury NSW