Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision on ground involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 152, VH-RNE, Cape Capricorn, QLD on 8 July 1993

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Status: Completed
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The pilot had flown the aircraft to Cape Capricorn with the intention of landing on the beach. He had been landing on the beach there for about ten years. Prior to the landing he had carried out a low level inspection of the area and satisfied himself that it was suitable. The aircraft touched down about 40m from the waterline. However, during the landing roll, when the aircraft was about 20m from the waterline, the pilot became aware that the area in front of the aircraft was covered in water. When the aircraft entered the water, which was estimated to be 50-75mm in depth, the nose leg was bent backwards and the aircraft nosed over and came to rest inverted. Neither of the occupants received any injuries. The pilot reported that local fishermen advised him that a couple of times each day a larger than normal wave causes the beach to be covered in water to a greater extent than the normal action of the waves.
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General details
Date: 08 July 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 7:30 EST    
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-RNE  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rockhampton  
Destination Cape Capricorn