Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piel 100, VH-EDX, Wangaratta Aerodrome VIC, 9 April 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot made one local flight and a short time later departed on another with a club student pilot as passenger. His intention was to go to the training area but soon after departing the circuit he became concerned by rain showers close to the aerodrome and decided to return. As on DEPARTURE, runway 18 was used and the surface wind was light and variable. Rain was encountered and on final approach it became heavy, significantly reducing forward visibility. The pilot's landing technique on the aircraft type was to flare fairly high on the approach and adjust power for the final descent. The aircraft suddenly dropped from about 40-50 feet above the runway, contacting the surface very heavily. Aircraft damage was sustained as a result of the heavy landing. It is considered probable that the heavy landing was the result of the aircraft stalling on final approach.

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General details
Date: 09 April 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location   (show map): Wangaratta Aerodrome    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 20 December 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Avions Claude Piel  
Aircraft model CP100  
Aircraft registration VH-EDX  
Serial number N37  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wangaratta Aerodrome VIC  
Departure time 1110  
Destination Wangaratta Aerodrome VIC