Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-235, VH-PXD, Melton VIC, 1 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot made a faster than normal approach for a landing on Runway 28 into a strong, gusty, westerly wind. Just prior to the landing flare, the aircraft encountered windshear and the rate of descent increased rapidly. The aircraft touched down very firmly in a slightly nose low attitude and bounced into the air once before landing heavily on the nose wheel. The nose wheel assembly broke allowing the propeller to strike the ground. Except for three hours, the pilot had done all his flying in a Piper PA28-140 (serial number: 28-11018). One week before the accident the pilot had been endorsed on the PA28-235, which has different performance parameters. The pilot did not attempt a go-around because the windshear and rapid rate of descent occurred so close to the ground that he considered the application of engine power would further aggravate the situation. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1305    
Location: Melton    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 13 March 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-PXD  
Serial number 28-11018  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Melton VIC  
Departure time 1245  
Destination Melton VIC