Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft V35-AMk2 Bonanza, VH-ILJ, Goonyella QLD, 12 December 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been unable to obtain details of the strip before his departure for the area. On arrival he conducted an inspection of the strip from 500 feet. He noticed that there was no windsock and that a power line had been installed across the northern end since his previous visit. He also noted that the strip changed colour along its length and that vehicles had been driving along it. After this inspection he conducted a landing from the south. On touchdown he saw a bank where the traffic path entered the strip. As it was then too late to initiate a go-around the pilot tried to avoid the bank. This was not successful and the nosegear leg was broken off on colliding with the bank which was about 1.5 metres high. It was determined that the landing area had been de-commissioned about a year earlier.

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General details
Date: 12 December 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145    
Location: Goonyella    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 January 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-ILJ  
Serial number D-9025  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Moranbah QLD  
Departure time 1135  
Destination Goonyella QLD