Aviation safety investigations & reports

Gemini Thruster, N/A (ANO 95-25), Redcourt Airfield VIC, 31 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The student and the instructor pilot began a period of cross wind circuits using the 230 strip. The wind was an afternoon sea breeze from the south-southeast of decreasing strength closer to the ground due to the sheltering effect of gum trees. The wind is reported to have been between 15 and 10 knots about 15 feet above the ground lesser at ground level. This was to be the student's first experience of a significant cross wind during the takeoffs and landings. The instructor intended to have the student do all the flying. He had briefed the student to initiate recovery action if needed. The takeoff was made without incident. The aircraft was lower than normal as the final approach was commenced. No corrective action for this was taken during the final approach and the need for the flare and round out came sooner than was usual. Wing down adjustment for the cross wind was cancelled by the student pilot as the flare point was approached. After the flare the aircraft ballooned with the left wing rising. Limited power and aileron input was made by the student to correct the situation. When the right wing continued to drop the instructor applied full power and left rudder. A series of left and right wing drops followed during which the aircraft turned 20-30 degrees to the landing direction. The right main wheel contacted the ground heavily and the right spring gear-leg was torn from the fuselage attachment point. The aircraft then slid to a stop facing opposite to the landing direction. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500    
Location: Redcourt Airfield    
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 Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Gemini  
Aircraft registration 95-25  
Serial number 25-0238  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Redcourt Airfield VIC  
Departure time 1455  
Destination Redcourt Airfield VIC