Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172RG, VH-TNU, Schofields NSW, 14 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On the first approach to land the aircraft was caught by a wind gust and the pilot carried out a go around. On the second approach the aircraft touched down and bounced. On the subsequent touchdown the aircraft was struck by another gust the left wing lifted and the aircraft tipped onto its nose and right wingtip. It then fell back onto its wheels veered to the left and ran off the runway. The wind strength at the time was reported as being 15 to 20 knots with gusts. The crosswind on the runway in use averaged 18 knots with a maximum of 25 knots. Local terrain features also caused variable wind problems. The into-wind runway was not available as it was being used for aircraft parking for visitors to an air show. The maximum crosswind component for the aircraft type was listed as 15 knots. The pilot was relatively inexperienced and had not previously landed in similar wind conditions.

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General details
Date: 14 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1558    
Location: Schofields    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 08 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-TNU  
Serial number 172RG0620  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tumut NSW  
Departure time 1431  
Destination Schofields NSW