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Runway excursion involving a Cessna 150M, VH-EAV, Tyabb aerodrome, Victoria on 19 March 2014

Investigation number:
AO-2014-050
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 19 March 2014, the pilot of a Cessna 150M aircraft, registered VH-EAV, conducted a local flight from Tyabb aeroplane landing area (ALA), Victoria, with one passenger on board.

At about 1545 Eastern Daylight-savings Time (EDT), the aircraft returned to Tyabb. The pilot overflew the aerodrome and observed that the windsock was indicating a south-easterly wind at about 15 kt, and elected to use the grass runway parallel to, and to the left of, runway 17.

The pilot reported that the aircraft was slightly higher than usual on approach and it encountered some minor turbulence. When at about 100 ft above ground level, the aircraft drifted and yawed sharply to the right. The pilot used left rudder to align the aircraft with the runway centreline. The aircraft touched down about 300 m beyond the runway threshold.

The aircraft veered off the runway to the left, rolled down the slope to the eastern side, and collided with a tyre marking the location of a drain. The aircraft continued into the culvert and the nose landing gear subsequently collapsed.  The propeller struck the ground, resulting in substantial damage and the aircraft came to rest on the grass.

After the accident, the pilot observed the windsock veering from the south-south-east to south-south-west and reported that windshear may have contributed to the incident.

The pilot reported that there were a number of clues indicating a possible go-around situation: the aircraft was high and long on the approach; the aircraft moved to the right prior to the flare for landing; and the aircraft was not aligned with the runway centreline prior to touchdown.

This incident is a reminder to pilots to be go-around ready.

 

Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 30

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General details
Date: 19 March 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:45 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Tyabb aerodrome (ALA)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 26 May 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150M  
Aircraft registration VH-EAV  
Serial number 15079384  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tyabb, Vic.  
Destination Tyabb, Vic.  
Last update 14 November 2018