Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-140 Cherokee, VH-SDP, Bandya Homestead, WA, 19 January 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After flying northward and examining surface mineral characteristics from the air the pilot decided to return to Bandya Homestead where, on circling the 300 feet wide earth strip, he judged the wind to be directly across it and gusting between 10-15 knots. He selected full flap and approached to land, Intending to touch down firstly on the left mainwheel and with the left wing lowered. The aircraft touched down on the left main wheel close to the centre of the strip and the nose wheel and right main wheel then quickly made contact. The aircraft ran straight and parallel to the edge of the strip for 350 feet, with the left wheel intermittently lifting, but it then commenced to veer to the left at an increasing rate. Despite the application of right rudder and the late use of brake the aircraft continued to swing and finally ran off the left hand edge of the strip and the nose wheel struck a low ridge of earth. The nosewheel assembly collapsed and the aircraft came to rest on the main wheels and lower engine cowling.
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General details
Date: 19 January 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1005 WST    
Location   (show map): Bandya Homestead    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 24 June 1970   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-SDP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Leonora  
Departure time 07 03  
Destination Bandya Homestead  
Last update 10 June 2014