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Collision with terrain involving a Cessna 182, VH-AHC 100 km SW of Bourke, NSW, on 5 July 2015

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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.

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General details
Date: 05 July 2015   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 100 km SW of Bourke    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 27 August 2015   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 14 November 2018