Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-WSA, Camden NSW, 28 January 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had completed one circuit involving a touch and go landing. As power was applied for the take off phase of the second touch and go, the aircraft swerved to the left with the left main landing gear clear of the ground. The pilot was able to arrest the left swing but the aircraft continued to track beyond the confines of the flight strip. After impacting a fence post and two drains, the nose and left main gears were dislodged and the left wing impacted the ground. The investigation revealed that the pilot had used an incorrect crosswind control technique and failed to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the ground roll. The pilot delayed abandoning the take off phase of the touch and go sequence. The position at which the power was reduced and the take off abandoned could not be determined. There were no pre-existing defects with the aircraft which could have contributed to the accident. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 28 January 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1012    
Location: Camden    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 17 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WSA  
Serial number 17269299  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Camden NSW  
Departure time 1007  
Destination Camden NSW