Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA-28, VH-PPU, Wagin WA, 17 March 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The student pilot had completed a period of instruction and a follow-up solo sortie on the morning of the accident. He was landing following a further period of solo circuits when the accident occurred. The aircraft appeared to touch down normally but then veered to the right without any apparent attempts at correction. The aircraft left the runway and crossed a small embankment before going through a fence into the adjoining paddock. It is possible that the pilot had reached task saturation after the third hour of flying involving stalling, incipient spins and circuit work. The pilot was also tending to land flat and fast. It is probable that the aircraft started to "wheelbarrow" as a result of the approach technique used and the pilot did not react in time to avoid the DEPARTURE from the runway.

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General details
Date: 17 March 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1345    
Location: Wagin    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 22 February 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-PPU  
Serial number 28-22992  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wagin WA  
Departure time 1255  
Destination Wagin WA