Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA38-112, VH-MIR, Swan Hill VIC, 4 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Following a dual check, the pilot was authorised to carry out a series of solo circuits and landings. Two landings had been completed successfully, however the pilot advised that on the next approach the aircraft was affected by a wind gust. Appropriate corrections were made, but another gust was encountered and the pilot applied power in order to go around. Almost immediately afterwards the left wingtip contacted the ground, followed by the left mainwheel. The nose gear collapsed when it struck the ground and the aircraft came to rest at right angles to the strip direction. The wind at the time was generally down the strip at about 10 knots, with gusts to about 15 knots. The pilot had flown successfully in similar conditions in the past, but on this occasion had not been able to react sufficiently quickly when the left wing dropped.

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General details
Date: 04 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1115    
Location: Swan Hill    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 20 January 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-38  
Aircraft registration VH-MIR  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Swan Hill VIC  
Departure time 1115  
Destination Swan Hill VIC