Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH 82, VH-DDA, Bankstown NSW, 23 December 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The Private Pilot Licence holder was undergoing type endorsement training. During the third landing, on runway 29 Left, the aircraft commenced to swing to the right. The pilot in command reported that after checking that there were no obstructions he allowed the swing to continue. The student pilot was unable to stop the swing and as the aircraft turned through 40 degrees it began to skid, with the result that the landing gear folded. The aircraft is fitted with a tailskid but no brakes, and was unable to use the normal unsealed landing area as that area was wet and out of service. At the time of the landing the wind conditions resulted in a quartering tailwind from the right at five knots.

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General details
Date: 23 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1316    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 03 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-DDA  
Serial number A17-168  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Bankstown NSW