Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 32RT, VH-KTC, Passage Island, TAS, 10 December 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was flying to the island, as he had done on previous occasions over the years. The strip did not have a wind sock but the pilot estimated the wind from looking at the water and made an approach to land uphill with a tail wind component. Touch down was made about half way along the strip and as the aircraft slowed the left wheel struck a strip marker tyre concealed by long grass. The left main gear leg collapsed as a result of the impact.

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General details
Date: 10 December 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1045    
Location: Passage Island    
State: Tasmania    
Release date: 27 March 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-KTC  
Serial number 32R-7885125  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Essendon, Vic  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Passage Island, Tas