Aviation safety investigations & reports

Conaero LA4-200, VH-XPS, Green Point 5 km SE of Gosford NSW, 26 June 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was being demonstrated for a potential sale. The pilot reported that he was demonstrating a high speed taxi towards a boat ramp when the aircraft struck a submerged object and cartwheeled sideways. However, the passenger reported that the pilot was demonstrating a touch-and-go. As the pilot applied power for the takeoff, the aircraft commenced porpoising. On the third porpoise, the nose pulled into the water and the aircraft waterlooped to the right, tearing off the left float. The passenger had held a foreign commercial pilot licence but was not type endorsed or experienced in water landings.

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General details
Date: 26 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330    
Location: Green Point 5 km SE of Gosford    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 05 April 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc.  
Aircraft model LA-4  
Aircraft registration VH-XPS  
Serial number 1045  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Gosford Area NSW