Aviation safety investigations & reports

Champion 7-FC, VH-UEJ, Strathalbyn SA, 17 May 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had recently been returned to service after a landing accident which involved a failure of the right maingear. The pilot had only flown the aircraft once since the accident and was conducting circuit training to restore his currency. On his second circuit, the landing was heavier than normal and on the right side of the grass strip. During the landing roll, the pilot heard an unusual noise and the right wing dropped slightly. Despite efforts by the pilot, the aircraft veered off the right side of the strip into soft plowed ground and came to rest on the right wingtip. Examination of a broken rear bracing tube of the right maingear showed that it had failed in overload. There was no evidence of a pre-existing fault, however, the possibility that the failed component had been weakened in the previous accident could not be discounted.

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General details
Date: 17 May 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1715    
Location: Strathalbyn    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 12 August 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Champion Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 7  
Aircraft registration VH-UEJ  
Serial number 7FC-281  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Strathalbyn SA  
Departure time 1710  
Destination Strathalbyn SA