Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna C172, VH-CMP, Northam WA, 28 December 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot planned to take two members of his family flying while conducting some local refresher flying in the circuit and local training area. On the ground it was very hot but the wind was calm. The pilot loaded the first passenger and conducted two circuits without incident. He then loaded the second passenger and departed the circuit for the training area. Upon return to the aerodrome the pilot noted that there was a light wind from the west and planned his circuit entry to land on runway 31. The circuit appeared to be normal until on final when he felt that he was too high and too fast. However he selected full flap and continued the approach touching down beyond the halfway point of the runway. The aircraft landed heavily nose wheel first and then bounced approximately two metres into the air. The tailcone and lower rudder also struck the ground as the aircraft bounced two more times before coming to rest off the right side of the runway.

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General details
Date: 28 December 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Northam    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 19 July 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-CMP  
Serial number 17263425  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Northam WA  
Departure time 1345  
Destination Northam WA