Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna P206, VH-SIR, Bathurst Island Airport NT, 18 February 1989

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Status: Completed
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A trench had been dug across the apron during the installation of aerodrome lighting. It had been back filled with earth. Whether the compacting was inadequate or whether the rain had been exceptionally heavy is not known, but heavy rain had made the earth fill very soft. The pilot landed just after a very heavy rain shower had passed through the area. There was about 2 cm of water covering the ground which made it near impossible to see the trench. When the aircraft's nosewheel entered the soft earth the aircraft veered sharply to the left and travelled about two metres before the nose gear hit a concrete pad and collapsed. Because the trench was almost impossible to see from the cockpit of the aircraft it is considered that it was a hidden hazard. The trench had not been marked by unserviceability cones. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 18 February 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: Bathurst Island Airport    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 17 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-SIR  
Serial number P2060108  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Pickertaramoor NT  
Departure time 1552  
Destination Bathurst Island NT