Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172-M, VH-MAE, Hoxton Park NSW, 16 April 1985

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Status: Completed
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On final for runway 16 the pilot noticed another aircraft on departure using runway 34. The climbing aircraft turned right immediately to allow sufficient clearance for the landing aircraft to continue its approach, however, the pilot elected to go around instead. During the go around the aircraft mushed onto the flight strip, broke off its nosewheel, nosed over and came to rest inverted 30 metres from the initial impact point. The aircraft entered the circuit without making inbound or circuit entry calls and because the wind was still directly across the strip, the pilot decided to use runway 16 which he had used for the take-off. Two aircraft already in the circuit, but using runway 34, were not sighted until a head-on condition had developed with one of them. During the go around, with the speed at about 65 knots, the flaps were fully retracted. Prior to this departure a dual check was completed as the pilot had not flown the Cessna 172 for 8 years.

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General details
Date: 16 April 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location: Hoxton Park    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 20 May 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-MAE  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hoxton Park NSW  
Departure time 1150  
Destination Hoxton Park NSW