Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 28-235, VH-BWY, Warnervale NSW, 3 July 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being flown by the owner who had obtained a restricted private pilot licence several hours prior to the accident, and had just completed an endorsement on the type. The front seat passenger was a licenced pilot with slightly more flying experience than the owner. During the landing, the aircraft touched down on one wheel, bounced and yawed to the left. The pilot commenced a go-around but the passenger took control of the aircraft from him. During the attempted go-around, the aircraft was observed to touch the ground again, before flying in a steeply nose high attitude over a parked aircraft and a building. As the aircraft passed over the building a wing dropped and the aircraft subsequently struck a fence post damaging the right stabilator. It became airborne again in a steeply nose high attitude before stall- mushing into the ground, impacting heavily approximately 600 metres from the initial point of touchdown.

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General details
Date: 03 July 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: Warnervale    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 09 November 1988   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-BWY  
Serial number 28-11176  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cessnock NSW  
Departure time 1110  
Destination Warnervale NSW