Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172D, VH-EDE, Zeehan Tas, 12 February 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Prior to departure, the pilot did not establish that the single runway at Zeehan is 1,715 feet in length or that the distance required for landing in the conditions that existed is 1,575 feet. During the landing approach, the aircraft crossed the runway threshold at a height of at least 100 feet and touched down with less than half the available runway length remaining. The pilot applied brakes and, when the aircraft was about 150 feet from the end of the runway, he applied power and attempted to go-around. The aircraft failed to become airborne and overturned after striking a low earth embankment 22 feet beyond the end of the runway.

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General details
Date: 12 February 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0910 TST    
Location: Zeehan    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 05 September 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-EDE  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Queenstown  
Departure time 0845  
Destination Zeehan  
Last update 13 May 2014