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Incorrect configuration leading to a collision with terrain involving Cessna R182, VH-PFZ, 58 km SW of Ingham ALA, Qld on 14 February 2016

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Status: Completed
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On 14 February 2016, at about 0945 Eastern Standard Time (EST), the pilot of a Cessna R182 aeroplane, registered VH-PFZ, was returning to a private airstrip near Ingham aircraft landing area (ALA), Queensland. The pilot, who was the only person on board, had just completed a routine one-hour property inspection and decided to complete the flight with some practice touch and go circuits.

The pilot joined downwind for runway 22 as per their normal procedure, and conducted their downwind checks. However, they inadvertently omitted one of the checks. Although they extended the landing gear, they did not return the pitch control to the HIGH revolutions per minute (RPM) (full fine) position. The pilot continued with the approach, and selected full flap, but again omitted the pre-landing checks on final approach. After touchdown, the aircraft ballooned slightly some 10-15 ft above ground level. The pilot commenced a go-around and applied full throttle, but with the propeller control still set at 2,000 RPM. With an airspeed of 64 kt, the pilot assessed there was sufficient airspeed to climb out, so retracted all of the flap and then the landing gear.

However, the aircraft began to sink, and the nose dropped. Moments later, the main landing gear struck the ground. The pilot attempted to keep the nose of the aircraft raised. However, the propeller struck the ground and the pilot realised that the nose wheel had retracted, so closed the throttle. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage.


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General details
Date: 14 February 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1215 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 58 km south-west of Ingham (ALA)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 27 May 2016   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model R182  
Aircraft registration VH-PFZ  
Serial number R18201731  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kangaroo Hill, Qld  
Destination Kangaroo Hill, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018