Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150L, VH-KOF, Alice Springs NT, 5 March 1986

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Status: Completed
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At the completion of a local pleasure flight the pilot decided to carry out three practice circuits. The first two landings were without incident but on the third landing the aircraft touched down on the right mainwheel and bounced. The pilot applied power in an attempt to stabilise the aircraft but the angle of bank to the right increased and the right wing struck the ground. The aircraft cartwheeled onto the left wing and came to rest inverted, 190 metres to the right of the runway centreline. The landing was attempted in gusty crosswind conditions. The aircraft manufacturer's owners manual recommends that a minimum flap setting be used in these conditions, however, on this occasion the pilot selected full flap. The pilot stated that when the aircraft bounced he attempted to raise the right wing by tha application of left aileron but seeing the skid ball was well out to the right, he then applied right rudder. The aircraft then rolled rapidly to the right and the wing struck the ground.

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General details
Date: 05 March 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1703    
Location: Alice Springs    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 29 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-KOF  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Alice Springs NT  
Departure time 1703  
Destination Alice Springs NT