Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172 N, VH-TSQ, Falmouth TAS, 3 March 1985

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Status: Completed
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The pilot intended to conduct practice circuits and landings in preparation for competitions later in the day. On the first landing the aircraft bounced slightly and then veered into soft earth at the edge of the partially constructed strip. The nose gear leg collapsed and the left wing tip struck rocks adjacent to the strip. The pilot was inexperienced and the landing was conducted in crosswind conditions onto a 15 metre wide section of strip which was closely surrounded by areas of soft ground, rocks and earthworks. The organisers of the flying competition had permitted operations to take place on a sub-standard strip.

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General details
Date: 03 March 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 830    
Location: Falmouth    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 01 August 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-TSQ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Falmouth TAS  
Departure time 0825  
Destination Falmouth TAS