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Landing accident involving Van's RV-6A, VH-TJM, Starke Field ALA, Queensland, on 2 January 2017

Investigation number:
AO-2017-001
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

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On 2 January 2017, the pilot of a Van’s RV-6A aircraft, registered VH-TJM, conducted a private local flight from Starke Field aircraft landing area (ALA), Queensland. At about 1029 Eastern Standard Time, after a flight of about 85 minutes, the aircraft approached to land at the ALA on runway 15. The aircraft landed heavily, bounced back into the air, and as it contacted the ground again, the nose landing gear collapsed. The propeller struck the runway and the aircraft nosed over and came to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The ATSB found that the aircraft landed heavily at a high rate of descent and groundspeed, with the nose wheel touching down very soon after the main wheels. This probably led to the nose landing gear collapsing.

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General details
Date: 02 January 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 12:17 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Starke Field (ALA)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 27 April 2017   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model VAN'S RV-6A  
Aircraft registration VH-TJM  
Serial number 24498  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Starke Field (ALA), Qld  
Destination Starke Field (ALA), Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018