Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.
On 27 May 2018, a student pilot undertaking their second solo flight in a Piper Aircraft 28-161 aircraft departed Moorabbin Airport, Victoria to conduct three circuits.
During the first touch-and-go landing on runway 35R, the pilot inadvertently missed retracting the landing flap. Immediately upon becoming airborne, the pilot noticed the incorrect flap setting and retracted the flaps resulting in the aircraft sinking onto the runway. The pilot then rejected the take-off, veered off the runway and collided with a sign resulting in minor damage.
As a result of this occurrence, the flying school where the student pilot is conducting training has advised the ATSB of the following:
- The pilot will undertake additional training prior to any additional solo flights.
- This incident has been used as an example to educate other student pilots about threat and error management and potential loss of control.
After take-off a partial or complete retraction of the flaps at very low airspeed can result in a loss of lift, resulting in the aircraft settling back onto the ground. To avoid such an outcome, it is essential for the pilot to ensure that the flaps are retracted incrementally to allow time for the aircraft to accelerate progressively as they are being raised.
About this report
Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.
|Date:||27 May 2018||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Release Date:||17 December 2018||Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Flying Training|
|Damage to aircraft||Minor|
|Departure point||Moorabbin, Victoria|