Aviation safety investigations & reports

Airparts FU24-950, VH-EMQ, Welsh's Strip (1.5 miles south of Tenterfield) NSW, 21 February 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had commenced superspreading operations at about midday, and was returning to his base strip at the completion of the day's activities. He was landing towards the west. The strip slopes up 4` to the west. The pilot reported that he had not been aware until the flare that he was landing with a tailwind component, as there had been a westerly component in his operations area. He touched down some distance along the strip. Due to looking into the setting sun, he misjudged the distance remaining and was slow to apply braking. When it was obvious that the aircraft would not stop before the boundary fence, he turned the aircraft to the left to minimise damage. The outer right wing struck a fence post.

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General details
Date: 21 February 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1830    
Location: Welsh's Strip (1.5 miles south of Tenterfield)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 17 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airparts NZ Ltd  
Aircraft model FU-24  
Aircraft registration VH-EMQ  
Serial number 180  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point agricultural strip NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Welsh's Strip NSW