Aviation safety investigations & reports

Gippsland Aeronautic Pty Ltd GA-8, VH-FGN, Patek in Aceh Province, Indonesia

Investigation number:
200501287
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

On 8 March 2005, the Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd GA-8 aircraft, registered VH-FGN, was carrying emergency relief supplies from Muelaboh to Patek in Aceh Province, Indonesia, as part of the Tsunami relief effort. The aircraft occupants comprised the pilot and one passenger.

Factaul Information

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on-scene investigation of this occurrence. The report presented below was prepared principally from information supplied to the Bureau.

REPORTED INFORMATION

On 8 March 2005, the Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd GA-8 aircraft, registered VH-FGN, was carrying emergency relief supplies from Muelaboh to Patek in Aceh Province, Indonesia, as part of the Tsunami relief effort. The aircraft occupants comprised the pilot and one passenger.

A level, 700 m long and 7 m wide portion of a bitumen-sealed roadway formed the designated landing area for the operator's relief flights into Patek. The landing area was not marked with runway markings.

Figure 1

The operator reported that the pilot misidentified the commencement of the landing area, and that the aircraft touched down about 400 m short of the commencement of that area.

There was debris adjacent to the part of the road where the aircraft landed.

Figure 2

During the landing flare, the aircraft's left wingtip struck some of that debris, and a 1 m portion of the left wingtip was dislodged. The impact yawed the aircraft to the left, and the right wingtip then contacted the ground.

The landing gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest to the left of the sealed roadway, about 100 m from where the left wingtip initially struck the debris.

Figure 3

The two occupants were uninjured, and were able to exit the aircraft unaided.

Figure 4

The pilot held an Australian Commercial Pilot (Aeroplane) Licence, and was endorsed to fly the GA-8 aircraft. The operator provided induction training for the pilot at the commencement of his duties in Aceh Province. The training included one landing at Patek. The accident occurred four days after the pilot commenced duties in Aceh Province. During those four days, the pilot had performed two take-offs from Patek, and had landed there twice before the accident flight.

There was no evidence that environmental, mechanical, operational or other factors contributed to the circumstances of the accident.

The operator reported that as a result of the occurrence, it will conduct a risk analysis before the commencement of any new operations such as those conducted at Aceh Province. The operator also reported that it would include a special training module in its Operations Manual for pilots assigned to operations in Aceh, and that procedures for aircraft operating on roads would also be included in its Operations Manual.

General details
Date: 08 March 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0900 hours UTC    
Location   (show map): Patek, (ALA), Indonesia    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 August 2005   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model GA8  
Aircraft registration VH-FGN  
Serial number GA8-03-025  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Muelobah, Aceh  
Departure time 0821 hours UTC  
Destination Patek, Aceh  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 112.5 4018
Last update 16 February 2016