Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28RT-201, VH-ESK, Kyneton, VIC on 3 September 1993

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The student was making a practice glide approach to land, with the throttle in the closed position. Sink developed late on the approach with the airspeed reducing, and full power was applied. The aircraft touched down about two metres short of the sealed surface in a soft area. As the aircraft rolled forward the wheels contacted a 'step' at the start of the sealed area. The contact with the 'step' collapsed the maingear legs and the aircraft slid to a stop. Significant Factors The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the accident: 1. The pilot under supervision misjudged the approach. 2. The instructor was late in assessing the situation and did not ensure power was applied in time to correct the sink rate and descent path.
General details
Date: 03 September 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:06 EST    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 14 June 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28RT-201  
Aircraft registration VH-ESK  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Essendon VIC  
Destination Bendigo VIC