Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 28-180, VH-PKB, Gladstone Qld, 17 April 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot approached Gladstone from the north-west and radioed a position report at 10 miles. Joining the circuit he noticed another aircraft apparently making a touch-and-go landing on runway 28 and was in radio contact with it. As there was nil wind and new paintwork on the eastern end of the runway he elected to land on runway 10. When on the downwind leg he saw a second aircraft at the taxiway holding-point and, as a warning to it, made a base leg radio call. During the final approach and at a height of approximately 15 feet the second aircraft entered the runway so the pilot grabbed his microphone in an effort to give a warning but lost control of his aircraft which landed heavily on its nosewheel; it then proposed several times and the propeller struck the runway twice.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0730 EST    
Location: Gladstone Aero    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 05 September 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-PKB  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rockhampton  
Departure time 0700  
Destination Gladstone  
Last update 13 May 2014