Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech B65-80 Queenair, VH-MWO, Cooranbong NSW, 3 December 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had been chartered to transport the passengers to Cooranbong for the day. The pilot had not previously operated into the strip and prior to DEPARTURE he enquired of another operator as to the suitability of the strip for his operation. He determined that the strip was suitable. On arrival in the circuit area the pilot assessed that the wind direction was swinging between 170 and 210 degrees and the velocity was gusting between 10 and 20 knots. The pilot elected to land the aircraft on runway 17. The pilot reported that when the aircraft was on short final it was affected by windshear. The aircraft touched down heavily, short of the runway sealed surface, continued along the ground for 7 metres before the mainwheels struck a low earth bank. Both propellers struck the ground momentarily as the aircraft continued onto the runway. The strip is located in hilly, tree covered terrain and at times is adversely affected by windshear. Two local pilots reported that at about the time of the accident adverse wind conditions did exist.

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General details
Date: 03 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 920    
Location: Cooranbong    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 24 February 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 65  
Aircraft registration VH-MWO  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Sydney NSW  
Departure time 0920  
Destination Cooranbong NSW