Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180, VH-UPG, Lightning Ridge NSW, 11 June 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was returning to land at the completion of a local flight. The pilot, who had only recently purchased the aircraft, had not flown it before with four persons on board. He was compensating for a crosswind, and misjudged the flare, probably because of the higher sink rate of the heavier aircraft. The aircraft touched down and bounced several times, before ground looping and coming to rest at the edge of the flight strip.

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General details
Date: 11 June 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1205    
Location: Lightning Ridge    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 09 August 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-UPG  
Serial number 32811  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lightning Ridge NSW  
Departure time 1145  
Destination Lightning Ridge NSW