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On 5 July 2015, the pilot of a Cessna 182 aircraft, registered VH-AHC, conducted a local flight from a private airstrip about 100 km south-west of Bourke, New South Wales. The aircraft took off towards the west. After a flight of about 15 to 20 minutes, the aircraft returned overhead the airstrip. Based on the indicated wind, the pilot elected to conduct an approach to land towards the south.

When on final approach to land, at about 5 ft above ground level, the aircraft sank rapidly. The aircraft landed heavily and the nose wheel detached from the aircraft. The aircraft then bounced into the air, touched down for a second time, and dug into soft ground. The aircraft flipped over and came to rest inverted, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries.

This incident highlights the importance of the identification and management of risks associated with unsealed airfields.

Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 42

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General details
Date: 05 July 2015 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530 EST  
Location   (show map):100 km SW of Bourke Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 27 August 2015 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-AHC 
Serial number: 18260495 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
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Last update 17 October 2017