Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28R-180, VH-ARO, Hoxton Park NSW, 4 December 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported he had completed five touch-and-go landings, and two glide approach landings on runway 16 during a session of circuits, the latter requiring very close approaches. The wind was from the south-west at 10-15 knots, resulting in a gusting, right crosswind. The accident occurred while the pilot was carrying out a third glide approach. He advised that he would normally extend the undercarriage on downwind leg as the first of the vital pre-landing actions, and on final approach do a last "three greens" verification check. On this occasion he did neither check, being busy with the wind gusts and the very brief base and final legs. The aircraft touched down smoothly and slid for about 70 metres, coming to rest on the centreline. It was then that the pilot heard the undercarriage warning horn and saw the undercarriage control in the gear up position. He turned off all switches and evacuated the aircraft. The pilot said that he had been suffering the after-effects of a head cold and this, together with over an hour of crosswind circuits, may have reduced his sharpness to the stage where vital actions were forgotten.

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General details
Date: 04 December 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1352    
Location   (show map): Hoxton Park    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wheels up landing  
Release date: 26 February 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-ARO  
Serial number 28R-30628  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hoxton Park NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Hoxton Park NSW