On 17 September 2015, at about 1330 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Cirrus SR22 aircraft, registered VH-OPX, conducted a short flight from Moree Airport, New South Wales, to a private airstrip about 6 NM to the north. The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

The aircraft approached the airstrip from the south, and the pilot elected to overfly the runway at the eastern end, then turn left and join the circuit on a left downwind for runway 09. The pilot had observed the wind at Moree Airport to be from a southerly direction at about 15 kt, and therefore anticipated having a crosswind for the landing at the airstrip.

The pilot reported that the circuit and approach were normal. On final approach, the pilot extended full flap, and commenced the flare at an airspeed of about 80-90 kt. To keep the aircraft aligned with the runway, the pilot applied almost full left rudder and right aileron due to the crosswind.

The right main landing gear touched down first, and the aircraft bounced back into the air. The pilot immediately applied full power to initiate a go-around. However, the left wing dropped and the aircraft yawed to the left. The aircraft’s left wing and propeller then collided with a dam wall. The pilot suffered minor injuries, and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The automatic weather station at Moree Airport recorded gusty south-south-westerly winds at the time of the incident, resulting in the aircraft likely encountering a tailwind component of up to 17 kt and a crosswind up to 15 kt during the landing.

Pilots should carefully assess the environmental conditions, runway surface and surrounds before attempting to land at an airfield.


Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 45

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