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Loss of control during landing involving a Diamond DA40, VH-CGT, Bankstown Airport on 16 May 2014

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Status: Completed
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On 16 May 2014, a DA40 aircraft, registered VH-CGT departed Bankstown Airport, New South Wales, for the local training area. On board the aircraft were an instructor and student.

Once the training area exercises had been completed, CGT returned to Bankstown, with the student conducting the landing. The instructor reported the landing as satisfactory, but felt the student was still not flaring the aircraft sufficiently, prior to touchdown. He authorised the student to conduct four practice solo circuits.

With the weather CAVOK and minimal wind, the student commenced the first solo circuit. The initial, crosswind and downwind legs were reported as normal. Maintaining 80 knots on base, the turn onto final was between 600 and 700 ft.

The approach was steeper than usual, and as the student commenced the flare, it was evident that the aircraft was still too high above the ground. The student initiated a go-around. Almost immediately, the aircraft tail struck the runway. The aircraft rolled rapidly to the left and stalled. It then turned further left and continued across the taxiway and through a wire perimeter fence. The student was uninjured but the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The flying school has reviewed the training emphasis related to control input during go-around procedures, and stabilised approaches. It is also amending the selection process for intake to the flying program.


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General details
Date: 16 May 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 9:30 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bankstown Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 15 October 2014   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries  
Aircraft model DA 40  
Aircraft registration VH-CGT  
Serial number 40.1108  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018