Aviation safety investigations & reports

Thruster T500, AUF 250250, Caboolture QLD, 20 December 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The instructor pilot was being checked by the club chief flying instructor (CFI). After completing some work in the local training area the aircraft was returned to the circuit area where the CFI took over the controls so that the instructor-under-check could demonstrate his instructional technique. As the aircraft approached the ground for the first landing the instructor told the CFI to "round out and hold the aircraft off". The CFI pulled back on the control column but the rate of descent was not fully arrested and the aircraft touched down heavily and bounced. The CFI pushed the control forward and the aircraft touched down again and bounced. The control column was again pushed forward and the aircraft again bounced after touching down. The aircraft then landed in a nose-down attitude and the left landing gear leg failed. The aircraft slid about 10 metres before coming to rest. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 20 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: Caboolture    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 06 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model T500  
Aircraft registration 25-0250  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Caboolture QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Caboolture QLD