Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A185-E, VH-KPF, Meekatharra WA, 10 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When the pilot arrived at the destination, he noted that the wind direction indicator showed apparently calm conditions. Almost immediately after touchdown the aircraft began to swing to the right. Attempts to correct the swing were unsuccessful and the left gear leg collapsed. After vacating the aircraft the pilot noticed that there had been a quartering tailwind of about 10 knots during the landing. The pilot was inexperienced on the operation of tailwheel type aircraft, this being his first flight on such a type following a two hour endorsement. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1913    
Location: Meekatharra    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 14 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 185  
Aircraft registration VH-KPF  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jandakot WA  
Departure time 1635  
Destination Meekatharra WA