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Runway excursion involving a Cirrus SR22, VH-SRI at Great Lakes Airfield, Vic, 30 March 2014

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Status: Completed
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On 30 March 2014, a Cirrus SR22, registered VH-SRI, was being operated to conduct a private flight from Tyabb to Great Lakes Airfield, Victoria with the pilot and one passenger on board. The flight was conducted in visual meteorological conditions.

During the cruise, the pilot assessed the wind at the airfield to be from the north-west and elected to land on runway 31, a shorter gravel runway, instead of the sealed longer runway 26 as initially planned.

The pilot reported that the approach and landing was normal. The aircraft touched down on the runway at the first white gable marker at about 1320 Eastern Daylight-saving Time. As the aircraft passed the intersection with runway 26/08, the pilot realised that the aircraft was not slowing quick enough to stop in the remaining runway available and so applied the brakes harder. The aircraft departed the end of the runway, went through the airport boundary fence and came to rest on a road. The pilot turned off the fuel and all switches and exited the aircraft with the passenger. The pilot and passenger were uninjured and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

The accident highlights the importance of thorough pre-flight planning to minimise safety critical decisions in flight, maintaining situational awareness, applying an appropriate safety margin to the landing distance including obstacle clearance and climb if a go around is required, confirming the runway length and wind direction prior to landing.


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General details
Date: 30 March 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1320 EDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Great Lakes Airfield    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 03 December 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Design Corporation  
Aircraft model SR22  
Aircraft registration VH-SRI  
Serial number 0631  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tyabb, Vic.  
Destination Great Lakes, Vic.  
Last update 14 November 2018