Aviation safety investigations & reports

PIPER PA28R-180, VH-TUT, Not Known OF REPORT, 17 October 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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An aircraft cleaner reported finding significant damage to the landing gear and wing spars of the aircraft during a routine cleaning operation on the afternoon of Sunday the 17 October 1988. The damage to the aircraft indicated that the aircraft had probably been stalled at a significant height above the ground descended vertically and touched down heavily on the left wheel followed by the right wheel. Damage to the left wing was readily visible on the upper skin surface. Six pilots had been involved in the operation of the aircraft over the two days preceding the report by the aircraft cleaner. All six indicated that they had not done or had not observed a landing which could have caused the damage found. None of the pilots had observed any damage to the aircraft during their pre or post flight inspections. The damage was such that continued operation of the aircraft could have resulted in a serious air safety occurrence.

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General details
Date: 17 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: Not Known    
Location: Not Known OF REPORT    
State: Other   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 22 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-TUT  
Serial number 28R-30765  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Not Known  
Departure time Not Known  
Destination Not Known  
Last update 13 May 2014