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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78945
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180
Owner/operator:Air Charter Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-PKB
C/n / msn: 28-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gladstone Airport, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Rockhampton, Queensland (YBRK)
Destination airport:Gladstone, Queensland (YGLA)
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot approached Gladstone from the north-west and radioed a position report at 10 miles. Joining the circuit he noticed another aircraft apparently making a touch-and-go landing on runway 28 and was in radio contact with it. As there was nil wind and new paintwork on the eastern end of the runway he elected to land on runway 10. When on the downwind leg he saw a second aircraft at the taxiway holding-point and, as a warning to it, made a base leg radio call.

During the final approach and at a height of approximately 15 feet the second aircraft entered the runway so the pilot grabbed his microphone in an effort to give a warning but lost control of his aircraft which landed heavily on its nose wheel; it then porpoised several times and the propeller struck the runway twice. There were no reported injuries to the three persons on board (pilot plus two passengers)

ATSB Conclusion: The pilot lost control of the aircraft when his attention was distracted.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

30-Oct-2010 03:04 VHKDK Added
15-Jan-2012 14:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Apr-2014 17:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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