Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 185F, VH-TCK, Leongatha Aerodrome VIC, 3 April 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 22KB]

The purpose of the flight was for the pilot under check to obtain a tailwheel undercarriage endorsement. Prior to take-off, the pilot under check was briefed that due to the instructor's seating position, he was unable to apply full rudder pedal travel. Therefore, rudder control would have to be exercised by the pilot under check. During a demonstrated short field landing by the instructor, the pilot under check did not take control of the rudder on the ground as briefed. Directional control of the aircraft was lost despite calls by the instructor for the pilot to check the swing and use brake. The aircraft left the strip and was substantially damaged. The reason why the pilot under check did not take control of the rudder pedals during the landing was not determined, as he refused to co-operate with the investigation.

Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 22KB]
General details
Date: 03 April 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 830    
Location: Leongatha Aerodrome    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 03 September 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 185  
Aircraft registration VH-TCK  
Serial number 18502770  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Leongatha  
Departure time 730  
Destination Leongatha Vic