Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172, VH-KDY, Narrabri Airport NSW, 16 November 1988

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Status: Completed
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Following a period of instruction in stalls and steep turns, the student pilot returned to the aerodrome for practice in crosswind landings. Several dual circuits and landings were carried out, and the student was authorised for solo practice. The wind was about 10 knots, and gusty. The pilot completed six circuits without experiencing any problems, making a touch and go landing each time. As the aircraft was rolling along the runway just prior to the pilot retracting the flaps and applying power for his next circuit, the aircraft was struck by a gust of wind which lifted the right wing. The aircraft then veered sharply to the right, and the pilot was unable to regain control. The aircraft came to rest in a shallow drainage ditch. The student was possibly feeling the effects of fatigue. He stated that after the touch down he had returned the ailerons to the neutral position, having forgotten to maintain aileron control into wind to counteract the gusty crosswind effect.

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General details
Date: 16 November 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1555    
Location: Narrabri Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 05 March 1990   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-KDY  
Serial number 17271866  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Narrabri NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Narrabri NSW