Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-ITY, Essendon Airport, VIC, 14 April 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The Essendon Terminal Information (ATIS) advised of surface wind from 260 degrees at 15/25 knots. The pilot had completed the flight and was making his landing approach at 75 knots with 40 degrees of flap set. From Essendon Tower the aircraft was observed to descend rapidly from a height of about 20-30 feet and contact the runway heavily, nose wheel first. A bounce followed and then the aircraft touched down again. Aware that the nose wheel was wobbling violently and that the nose attitude was unusually low the pilot steered the aircraft off the runway, shut down the engine and evacuated.

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General details
Date: 14 April 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1155    
Location: Essendon Airport    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 04 May 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-ITY  
Serial number 17270285  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Essendon, Vic  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Essendon, Vic