Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300, VH-PRE, Authorised Landing Area (ALA), 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome QLD, 23 December 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The purpose of the flight was to despatch 60kg of Buffle seed and 50kg of Sorghum seed. When the aircraft returned to the strip, a light NE wind was blowing, favouring a landing on strip 07. The pilot intending to avoid a slightly damp area at the Eastern end of the strip, decided to land the aircraft at the threshold. The aircraft touched down several metres short of the threshold and the right maingear was torn out when the wheel struck a low windrow. The aircraft continued for some 260 metres along the 1000 metre strip and came to rest to the right of the strip close to a bordering spoon drain. The pilot in his endeavour to land at the threshold misjudged the touchdown point and struck rough ground short of his aiming point.

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General details
Date: 23 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1120    
Location: Authorised Landing Area (ALA), 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 09 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-PRE  
Serial number 32-40400  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point ALA 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome QLD  
Departure time 1045  
Destination ALA 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome QLD