Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech 95-B55 Baron, VH-AJM, Kumbia (83 km NNW of Oakey) QLD, 2 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The company was tasked to operate into a strip adjoining a local race course. Details of the strip were obtained from a local pilot, who told a company pilot that there was a powerline at the eastern threshold of the strip. This pilot subsequently gave the strip data to the pilot who flew the aircraft. Upon arrival overhead the strip, the pilot saw powerlines off the western end and thought that these were the lines mentioned in the briefing. He then decided to land into the west. On late final approach, he saw the powerlines over the threshold and flew the aircraft under them. The resultant high rate of descent could not be arrested before ground impact and the aircraft struck the ground in a nose low attitude with the nosegear and propellers. The landing gear and propellers were torn off and the aircraft slid for 112 metres before coming to rest. The cabin was protected from high deceleration forces by the collapsing landing gear and the occupants escaped without injury. It was determined that the strip was not suitable in length or width for the operation of this aircraft type, and the briefing obtained on the strip was not adequate to determine the suitability of the strip.

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General details
Date: 02 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1205    
Location: Kumbia (83 km NNW of Oakey)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 06 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-AJM  
Serial number TC-1061  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Roma QLD  
Departure time 1112  
Destination Kumbia QLD