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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219837
Last updated: 25 May 2020
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Date:23-MAY-1989
Time:16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-201
Owner/operator:
Registration: VH-PRF
C/n / msn: 28R-7837078
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Arkapena, SA -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:YBHI
Destination airport:Arkapena, SA
Narrative:
Prior to his arrival, the pilot had contacted the resort to obtain details on the strip at Arkapena as this was the strip closest to the Wilpena Chalet. Among other details given to the pilot was the information that the strip was used frequently. On arrival, the pilot overflew the strip at circuit height for inspection and then made a full circuit before landing. Touchdown occurred at 170 metres into the strip and at about 245 metres along the strip, the nose wheel entered a washaway. The nose gear collapsed shortly afterwards and the aircraft came to rest on its nose and main gear at about 340 metres from the threshold. The pilot of an aircraft carrying out the recovery and repair to the accident aircraft was briefed by the pilot prior to and on arrival by VHF contact from his aircraft radio. Despite the briefing and warning to the recovery pilot, he was unable to detect any washaways from an inspection at 20 feet above ground level, he subsequently made a safe landing by keeping to the right of the strip centreline as advised by the pilot on the ground.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1989/aair/aair198900810/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/32863/aair198900810.pdf


Images:

Photo of VH-PRF courtesy AirHistory.net


Griffith (YGTH / GFF)
November 1978; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

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