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Hard Landing - Cessna 172S, VH-EOP, Moorabbin Airport, 1 September 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 2 September 2012, the pilot of a Cessna 172S aircraft, registered VH-EOP, was returning to Moorabbin Airport, Victoria, after having conducted a navigation training flight.

During the landing, the pilot attempted to initiate the hold-off by applying rearward pressure on the control column. The pilot reported that the column was ‘stuck’ and would not move. An excessive rate of sink occurred, resulting in a hard landing. After bouncing twice, the pilot applied left rudder and the aircraft veered off the runway, coming to rest on a grassed area. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

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General details
Date: 02 September 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1615 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moorabbin Airport    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 27 November 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-EOP  
Serial number 172S10022  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Moorabbin, VIC  
Destination Moorabbin, VIC  
Last update 14 November 2018