Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 182Q, VH-LJE, Kyneton, VIC on 21 January 1995

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that when he returned to the airfield after a short local flight, the windsock was indicating a strong southerly wind. He therefore elected to land on the 180 degree strip. The approach and flare were normal except for some turbulence. However, during the hold off the aircraft encountered a particularly strong gust. This resulted in the aircraft ballooning with the right wing low and substantial right drift. The pilot said he immediately applied power to go around but was unable to stop the drift. As the aircraft was now tracking towards a nearby hangar, he turned further right to avoid it but was then confronted with trees and houses beyond. As he believed he would not clear the trees he closed the throttle and attempted to land in a clear area. The aircraft hit the ground heavily on the right wingtip and then cartwheeled, coming to rest after about 50 metres. The pilot said that after he got out of the aircraft, he assessed the wind strength was 20 knots with gusts to 35 knots.
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General details
Date: 21 January 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 13:00 ESuT    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 30 January 1995   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182Q  
Aircraft registration VH-LJE  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Kyneton VIC  
Destination Kyneton VIC