Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 180, VH-CSS, Geraldton, WA, 13 July 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot intended to carry out a period of circuit and landing practice and had made one circuit and landing which was satisfactory. On the second circuit he made an approach with full flap and appeared to make a normal landing but after rolling about 300 feet the aircraft commenced to swing to the right. The pilot took corrective action using left brake and rudder and the aircraft then ran straight for a short distance. However, after a further 320 feet a second swing to the right became pronounced and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. After turning approximately 130 degrees to the right, and when almost at rest, the aircraft tipped up on to the port wing and tailplane and then settled back on to the wheels.
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General details
Date: 13 July 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1645 WST    
Location: Geraldton    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 03 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 180  
Aircraft registration VH-CSS  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Geraldton  
Departure time 1630  
Destination Geraldton  
Last update 13 May 2014