Final Report


On the morning of 20 March 2016, the pilot of a Cessna 182S aircraft, registered VH-PCO, prepared to conduct a scenic flight from Tooradin, Victoria, to Wonthaggi, Wilsons Promontory and return, with three passengers on board.

The pilot reported that the flight was normal. At about 1320 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, the aircraft returned to Tooradin, and the pilot elected to join the circuit on a right downwind for runway 04. While on the downwind circuit leg, the pilot and the front seat passenger observed a windsock, which indicated that the wind was blowing straight down the runway, and elected to continue the approach.

After turning onto final approach, the pilot selected full flap (40°). The pilot reported that as the main wheels touched down, about 300 m beyond the runway threshold, the aircraft veered left off the runway onto the grass.

The pilot immediately commenced a go-around by applying full power and raising the aircraft’s nose in an attempt to clear aircraft parked on the grass ahead. The stall warning horn sounded, and the pilot assessed that the aircraft was not climbing and that its landing gear may collide with the parked aircraft.

The pilot therefore reduced the power to idle and the aircraft landed heavily to the north of the runway. The aircraft then struck three other aircraft that were parked on a grassed area between the runway and a sealed taxiway.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the pilot and passengers were uninjured.

The Flight Safety Foundation Approach-and-landing accident reduction tool kit Briefing note 6.1 – Being prepared to go around, stated that the importance of being go-around-prepared and go-around-minded must be emphasised because a go-around is not a frequent occurrence.


Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 49

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