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Collision with terrain involving de Havilland DH-82, VH-BJE, Redcliffe Airport, Qld, on 3 April 2016

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On 3 April 2016, the pilot of a de Havilland DH-82 aeroplane, registered VH-BJE, conducted a 30 minute scenic flight from Redcliffe Airport, Queensland, with one passenger on board.  The weather was fine, with wind was from the east-northeast at less than 8 kt, no precipitation, and the runway was dry.

On returning to Redcliffe, the pilot elected to join the circuit on a mid-field crosswind leg for runway 07. The pilot reported that the approach was normal.

As the aircraft landed, the pilot reported the tail was slightly higher than normal, but the aircraft’s speed was normal. The aircraft wheels touched down at the pilot’s aiming point, about half way along the grass strip to the right of the sealed runway. The pilot reported that the wheels seemed to dig in. The aircraft nose pitched down, the propeller struck the grass runway, and the aircraft rolled over forwards, coming to rest inverted.

The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. 

The pilot commented that the ground was a bit soft where the wheels had touched down, but that they had landed there twice previously that day without incident. In future, the pilot would land with a slightly higher nose attitude.


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General details
Date: 03 April 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 14:15 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Redcliffe Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 25 August 2016   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82A  
Aircraft registration VH-BJE  
Serial number A17-97  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 14 November 2018