Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-R180, VH-CJN, Dunk Island QLD, 10 January 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that on arrival at Dunk Island he made a normal approach for runway 14, and on final approach at a height of about 50 feet he encountered a sudden downdraft. The aircraft landed heavily on the left main gear before he could reduce the sink rate. The pilot stated that he subsequently examined the aircraft but did not notice any signs of damage. The damage was discovered after the pilot had returned to Townsville and reported that he had made a heavy landing to the operator. The landing impact had damaged the gear attachment by displacing it vertically upwards, a rib was bent, and rivets were pulled on the lower wing skin. The spar was bent but returned to its normal shape when damaged skin was removed. The pilot stated that the wind at the time of the accident was southeasterly at about 10 -15 knots, and that he had not previously landed at Dunk Island.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 945    
Location: Dunk Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 12 February 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-CJN  
Serial number 28R-30072  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Townsville QLD  
Departure time 900  
Destination Dunk Island QLD