Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech C90, VH-FDP, Well Close, 150km North-west of Charleville QLD, 11 March 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been advised by the property owner to land on a strip about two kilometres from the homestead instead of the usual strip. The available strip length was 1400 metres which was adequate for the operation. The pilot reported that when the aircraft became low during the later stages of the approach, he applied power, but realised that the main wheels would probably pass through tall grass near the threshold. Just prior to touchdown, the pilot heard and felt a loud bang. Immediately after touchdown, the aircraft adopted a left wing low attitude before the propeller blades of the left engine and left wing tip contacted the ground. The aircraft slewed through 90 degrees to the left and ran off the strip. The investigation revealed that when the landing gear was allowed to pass through the long grass in the undershoot area, it struck a concealed mound of earth, seven metres prior to the threshold. The impact caused the left oleo leg to become detached from the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 11 March 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1540    
Location: Well Close, 150km North-west of Charleville    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 26 June 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 90  
Aircraft registration VH-FDP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jackson QLD  
Departure time 1540  
Destination Well Close QLD