Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182, VH-DGG, Murgoo Homestead (230km NE Geraldton) WA, 18 September 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had arrived at it's destination and was on final approach when it was subjected to the effects of a downdraught, followed by an updraught. The pilot elected not to overshoot from the approach but attempted to regain the normal glide path by using varying power applications. Wind considerations required that the approach be made into the setting sun and as the windscreen was covered with oil from a leaking oil cooler, the pilot's forward visibility was significantly reduced. This resulted in the aircraft touching down well into the strip. When the brakes were applied, there was no response from the right brake. The pilot was able to avoid some trees in his path but he was unable to avoid ruts on the road at the end of the strip. Had the aircraft touched down at the approach end of the strip it is likely that the pilot would have been able to stop the aircraft, within the confines of the strip, with the limited braking that was available. Had the brakes operated normally the pilot should have been able to stop, within the confines of the strip, even though the aircraft touched down well into the strip. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 18 September 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1715    
Location: Murgoo Homestead (230km NE Geraldton)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 13 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-DGG  
Serial number 182-55756  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tardie Station WA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Murgoo Homestead WA