Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway excursion involving a Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau G-115, VH-TGN, Parafield, SA on 14 June 1995

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The instructor completed ten dual instuctional circuits with the student pilot whom he assessed as competent for a first solo flight. The instructor vacated the aircraft and observed the solo circuit from the ground. The take-off, circuit and final approach appeared normal until the flare, which appeared low and the aircraft touched down earlier than expected. The pilot instinctively raised the nose causing the aircraft to balloon to about 1.5m above the runway. The nose was then lowered and the aircraft touched down heavily on the nose wheel, bending the nose leg and allowing the propeller tips to strike the runway and destroy the nose wheel fairing. The aircraft settled back on its three wheels then veered left vacating the runway. The pilot shut the engine down and the aircraft stopped with no further damage or injury.
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General details
Date: 14 June 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 9:05 CST    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 08 August 1995   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau  
Aircraft model G-115  
Aircraft registration VH-TGN  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Destination Parafield SA