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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208169
Last updated: 3 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-180
Registration: VH-CHI
C/n / msn: 28R-30436
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cassilis, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YCNK
Destination airport:YCNK
Investigating agency: BASI
The aircraft was being flown on an instructor standardisation flight which included the demonstration of a precautionary landing on a grass airstrip. Prior to landing, the pilot in command who was also the chief flying instructor, carried out an inspection of the strip from a height of 500 feet above ground level. During the first run, he noticed what appeared to be a series of ruts along the strip and decided carry out a second run at a lower height. Before descending to 50 feet above ground level, the pilot lowered the landing gear as a safety precaution. During the second run, he confirmed that the surface appeared suitable for a landing. The landing gear was retracted and the aircraft was climbed back to 500 feet above ground level for the landing circuit. The pilot reported that he carried out the pre-landing checks on downwind but for reasons unknown, neglected to carry out a final approach check. When the throttle was closed during the flare, the landing gear warning sounded. The pilot applied full power to go around but then closed the throttle almost immediately when he felt the propeller strike the ground. The aircraft settled onto the strip and slid to a halt with the landing gear retracted. Although the pilot in command had failed to lower the landing gear this went unnoticed by two other instructors who occupied the front right and rear right seats. It was reported that sunlight shining onto the landing gear indicator lights might have created the impression that the green lights were illuminated.


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


Photo of VH-CHI courtesy

Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (YSSY / SYD)
July 1970; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

25-Mar-2018 07:24 Pineapple Added
24-Sep-2018 19:10 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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