Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 177, VH-DZI, Monduran Station (55 km W Bundaberg) QLD, 24 October 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that the windsock at the strip indicated a gusty 30 knot headwind and that he conducted the approach with full flap down and considerable power applied. As he closed the throttle and flared, the aircraft suddenly rolled to the right and dropped to the ground impacting nose wheel first. Later inspection revealed that the nose wheel leg mount had been broken and that the lower firewall and cabin floor had been damaged. Air mass thunderstorms were present in the area at the time of the accident and witnesses at the stip reported a particularly strong gust of wind exceeding 40 knots at the time of the accident. The wind direction was reported to have changed through 90 degrees shortly after the accident.

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General details
Date: 24 October 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1200    
Location: Monduran Station (55 km W Bundaberg)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 09 December 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 177  
Aircraft registration VH-DZI  
Serial number 17700150  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Charnwood Station QLD  
Departure time 1140  
Destination Monduran Station QLD