Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182P, VH-WTR, Bradshaw Station NT, 14 January 1986

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Status: Completed
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After joining the circuit, the pilot noticed some cattle standing at the side of the strip. So as to avoid them should they suddenly decide to run onto the strip during the landing, he decided to carry out a short field landing. When the aircraft was about 15 feet above the ground on final approach, the pilot reported that it entered a rapid sink. He flared the aircraft and it landed prior to the threshold. During the landing roll the nosegear was torn off after it struck a drum that was being used as a strip threshold marker. There was a 200 metre high escarpment situated about 1.5 kilometres from the end of the strip. Although the strip could have been used for two way operations, the pilot stated that he did not apply power when the sink rate developed because he believed that he would not be able to carry out a go-around because of the position of the escarpment.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1020    
Location: Bradshaw Station    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 24 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-WTR  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tindal NT  
Departure time 1020  
Destination Bradshaw Station NT