Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300, VH-BLM, Orchid Beach, Fraser Is QLD, 14 September 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Prior to the flight the pilot had contacted the owners to obtain details of the strip. This briefing apparently did not include the information that the surface of the strip was undulating and had soft sandy areas. After arriving over the destination the pilot flew along the strip a number of times to check the surface. The wind was calm and he elected to land down the slope. The aircraft bounced and floated along the strip before touching down again. During the landing roll, the nosegear leg failed. The pilot was holding the control column in the neutral position during the landing roll. An aircraft engineer who inspected the aircraft found no evidence of any pre-existing fault in the nosegear leg. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 14 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 855    
Location: Orchid Beach, Fraser Is    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 October 1989   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-BLM  
Serial number 32-7240006  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bundaberg QLD  
Departure time 0720  
Destination Orchid Beach QLD