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Hard landing involving Cessna 182, VH-JXX, Bathurst Airport, NSW, on 1 April 2017

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On 1 April 2017, the pilot of a Cessna R182 aircraft, registered VH-JXX, conducted a private flight from Broken Hill to Bathurst, New South Wales, with one passenger on board.

The aircraft arrived overhead Bathurst Airport at about 1130 Eastern Daylight-saving Time and the pilot elected to join the circuit on a left downwind for runway 35. The pilot reported that the approach was normal, and that they aimed to touch down slightly beyond the runway threshold.

Due to a crosswind of about 8 kt, the pilot recalled that the left main wheel touched down immediately before the right. The propeller then struck the runway and the nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft skidded a short distance before coming to rest on the runway.

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

The ATSB found that the aircraft probably landed in a nose-low attitude resulting in a propeller strike and damage to the nose landing gear.


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General details
Date: 01 April 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 11:28 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bathurst Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 27 July 2017   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model R182  
Aircraft registration VH-JXX  
Serial number R18201396  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Broken Hill, NSW  
Destination Bathurst, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018