Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28, VH-DDH, Bayswater Power Station NSW, 5 January 1991

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Status: Completed
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Prior to departure for a dual instructional navigation exercise, the instructor pilot obtained a weather briefing which, although indicating marginal Visual Meteorological Conditions, he considered suitable for the exercise. In the initial stages of the flight the weather was better than expected and conditions ahead appeared to present no significant problem. Later in the flight the weather deteriorated rapidly with patches of low cloud developing. As a result, the pilot decided to carry out a landing on a dirt road which appeared suitable from the air. The approach and landing were normal until, late in the landing roll, the aircraft collided with a partly open gate which the pilot had not seen prior to landing.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1650    
Location   (show map): Bayswater Power Station    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 09 May 1991   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-DDH  
Serial number 28-7615433  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tamworth NSW  
Departure time 1515  
Destination Cessnock NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014