Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150, VH-UQP, Cooranbong NSW, 17 December 1987

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Status: Completed
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The student pilot was carrying out a series of "touch and go" circuits using gravel runway, 06. The wind was reported as being easterly at about 5 knots. On the fourth "touch and go", after a normal landing, the student applied full power, selected the carburettor heat control to cold and commenced to raise the electrically actuated flaps. He said he looked up and saw that the aircraft had commenced to veer to the left. The student closed the throttle and attempted to correct the swing with opposite rudder but was unable to prevent the aircraft striking a 30 centimetre high earthen bank bordering the edge of the runway. The nose gear was torn from its mounting and the aircraft overturned, coming to rest just beyond the runway edge. The earth bank was formed during recent grading of the strip. This work was interrupted by wet weather and was incomplete at the time of the accident.

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General details
Date: 17 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: Cooranbong    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 31 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-UQP  
Serial number 15077009  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cooranbong NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Cooranbong NSW