Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DHC2 Amphibian, VH-HQE, Hayman Island QLD, 13 August 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilots DEPARTURE from Shute Harbour aerodrome had been delayed and he was running late for his arrival at Hayman Island. During the short flight he noticed that the cruising indicated airspeed was slightly less than normal, but attributed this to the possibility of water in the pitot system, a problem that he had encountered the previous day in another aircraft. On touchdown for the water landing, the pilot realised that the wheels were still extended. He attempted to prevent the floats digging in but the left wing struck the water before the aircraft came to rest.

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General details
Date: 13 August 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 655    
Location: Hayman Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 24 August 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada  
Aircraft model DHC-2  
Aircraft registration VH-HQE  
Serial number 298  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Shute Harbour QLD  
Departure time 0655  
Destination Hayman Island QLD