Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA36-375 Brave, VH-FGF, Pine Hills (near Boorowa) NSW, 28 May 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was attempting the first landing of the day on an airstrip which was about 800 metres in length. It had appreciable longitudinal slope and the surface was covered in long wet grass. The landing direction was up hill with a quartering tail wind from the left. The pilot reported that the aircraft touched down about half way along the strip and that he anticipated the slope would provide the necessary retardation. As the roll progressed, it became apparent the aircraft could not be stopped on the remaining strip so a ground loop to the left was initiated. The aircraft slid sideways into a Superphosphate dump at the end of the strip and damaged the right aileron, right fuselage and tailplane.

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General details
Date: 28 May 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1200    
Location: Pine Hills (near Boorowa)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 04 June 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-36  
Aircraft registration VH-FGF  
Serial number 36-7902011  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Pine Hills NSW  
Departure time 1145 Approx.  
Destination Pine Hills NSW