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Runway undershoot - Cirrus SR22 aircraft, VH-MMG, Warnervale, 25 December 2011

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Status: Completed
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About 1045, Eastern Standard Time, 25 December 2011, a Cirrus Aircraft Company SR22 aircraft, registered VH-MMG, with the pilot and two passengers onboard, was on final approach from the south, to land on runway 02 at Warnervale aerodrome, New South Wales. Just prior to the runway threshold, at about 30 ft above ground level, the stall warning sounded. The pilot immediately applied full engine power but the aircraft continued to descend rapidly landing on soft ground short of the bitumen runway.

The aircraft sustained minor damage. All of the occupants exited the aircraft safely with no injuries reported.

As a result of this incident, the pilot advised that in future he would be adopting a steeper approach to runway 02. He would also increase the approach airspeed when landing into headwinds greater than 10 kts.

This serious incident demonstrates the importance of establishing wind direction and strength using all available references, including those on the ground while on approach. Ground references could better position the pilot to adjust the aircraft approach profile and airspeed to suit the weather conditions.

The incident also highlights the unexpected nature of wind gusts and the need to identify an appropriate touchdown point on the runway that provides an adequate safety margin.

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General details
Date: 25 December 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1045 EDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Warnervale    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway - Other  
Release date: 25 June 2012   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design Corporation  
Aircraft model SR22  
Aircraft registration VH-MMG  
Serial number 1513  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Warnervale, NSW  
Destination Warnervale, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018