Aviation safety investigations & reports

Sadler Vampire, AUF 250122, Rowland Flat SA, 17 December 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that on returning from a local flight he made an approach to land in light wind conditions. He was not satisfied with this or the subsequent approach, and go arounds were carried out. The third approach was normal, although the aircraft floated for some distance before touching down. The pilot was unable to bring the aircraft to a halt within the confines of the strip, and it came to rest in a gully. He then observed that the wind had changed from a headwind to a tailwind of about 10 knots, and this had evidently affected the landing performance of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 17 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: Rowland Flat    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 17 April 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Skywise Ultraflight Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Vampire  
Aircraft registration 25-0122  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rowland Flat SA  
Departure time 1500  
Destination Rowland Flat SA