Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Cessna Aircraft Company T210N, VH-EYZ, Mataranka, NT on 23 June 1998

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The flight was part of a private holiday tour with four adults and two children in the aircraft. The pilot was conducting an approach to land at a property airstrip. There was a headwing of about 20 kts on final approach and he was maintaining an airspeed of 80 kts. When the aircraft descended below the tree line just before landing it entered an area of windshear. The pilot noted an increase in speed at this time and said that the aircraft bounced a number of times after the initial touchdown. He then elected to go around, applied full engine power, and retracted the flaps from 30 to 20 degrees. He then became concerned about clearing trees to the left of the strip as the aircraft had veered left during the go-around. The aircraft subsequently collided with the trees and impacted the ground heavily. The pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. There was no reported problem with the engine or the aircraft during the go-around. Post-accident examination of the aircraft indicated that, at impact, the flaps were in the process of retracting, and the landing gear was down.
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General details
Date: 23 June 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 10:30 CST    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 14 July 1998   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model T210N  
Aircraft registration VH-EYZ  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Daly Waters NT  
Destination Mataranka NT