Aviation safety investigations & reports

Bellanca 8KCAB, VH-UOO, Wallacia NSW, 4 November 1984

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Status: Completed
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After a normal approach in calm wind conditions the aircraft bounced following the initial touchdown. A number of bounces then occurred before the pilot was able to regain control of the aircraft. At this time he assessed that there was insufficient strip remaining to stop the aircraft or to safely go-around. A ground loop was attempted, during which the right landing gear collapsed. The strip length was about 120 metres longer than that required for a normal landing. The aircraft was being operated in excess of the maximum permitted landing weight. After the initial bounce the pilot persisted with the landing attempt and evidently did not consider carrying out a go-around until the aircraft was too far along the strip for this manoeuvre to be performed with safety.

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General details
Date: 04 November 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: Wallacia    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 31 May 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bellanca Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 8  
Aircraft registration VH-UOO  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wallacia NSW  
Departure time 1115  
Destination Wallacia NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014