ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210744
Last updated: 15 June 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150M
Registration: VH-TCO
C/n / msn: A1500595
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Canberra Airport (YSCB), Canberra, ACT -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YSCB
Destination airport:YSCB
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot was conducting circuits on runway 30 in conditions of strong northwesterly winds gusting to 25 knots. During the approach the pilot elected to keep the engine RPM higher than normal to counter the strong winds. During the final stages of the approach to landing, the rate of descent increased significantly and the aircraft experienced some mechanical turbulence. While the pilot concentrated on keeping the wings level, the nose of the aircraft dropped and the aircraft landed heavily on the runway. The nose wheel strut failed, the propeller contacted the ground and the aircraft skidded to a stop on the runway having sustained substantial damage. The pilot then evacuated the aircraft. The pilot later stated that he was concentrating on the landing and did not consider going around. Skid marks on the runway indicated that the aircraft touched down with some sideways drift which would have put side loads on the landing gear. A significant factor in this accident is the pilot's continuation of the landing in conditions which exceeded his ability.


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


Photo of VH-TCO courtesy

Narromine (YNRM)
7 October 2016; (c) Ian McDonell

Revision history:

11-May-2018 17:11 Pineapple Added

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description