Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech C23, VH-ARF, Moruya NSW, 10 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After a normal approach, the pilot was surprised when the aircraft bounced on initial touchdown. A second bounce occurred, during which the pilot applied power to cushion the next touchdown. The power application seemed to have little effect and the nosewheel and propeller struck the ground heavily. The aircraft then ran off the side of the runway and collided with a fence. The pilot had been given a check flight on the aircraft two days previously. During this check, he was advised to use less flap for landing than that specified in the Flight Manual. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was being operated in excess of the maximum permitted all-up-weight. The pilot advised that he had not carried out a weight and balance calculation because the hiring organisation had assured him that the aircraft could be operated with full fuel tanks and four persons on board. Following the bounced landing the pilot had not initiated a go around and directional control had been lost after the nosegear suffered damage on heavy contact with the runway.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000    
Location: Moruya    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 07 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 23  
Aircraft registration VH-ARF  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Canberra ACT  
Departure time 1000  
Destination Moruya NSW