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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231893
Last updated: 3 May 2021
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Time:14:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic GA8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gippsland GA-8 Airvan
Owner/operator:Air Fraser Island
Registration: VH-BNX
MSN: GA8-03-032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cornwell’s ALA, Fraser Island, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Cornwell’s ALA, Fraser Island, QLD
Destination airport:Cornwell’s ALA, Fraser Island, QLD
Investigating agency: ATSB
The pilot of a Gippsland GA-8 aircraft, operated by Air Fraser Island and registered VH-BNX, conducted a local scenic flight at Fraser Island, Queensland, with seven passengers on board. After the 13-minute flight, the aircraft returned to land on the same beach landing area it had taken off from.
During the approach, the pilot saw a vehicle moving close to the runway. To remain clear of the perceived vehicle hazard, the pilot opted to land about a third of the way down the marked runway. Shortly after the first touchdown, the aircraft became airborne again. The pilot reported that he had pulled back on the control column to raise the aircraft nose off the ground, in order to minimise the discomfort to passengers as the aircraft passed over holes in the sand.
After passing the holes, the aircraft landed and the pilot attempted to brake. However, the aircraft was still at speed as it approached the end of the runway, beyond which was a washout. As the aircraft overran the runway, the pilot reported raising the nose to lift the aircraft over the washout, concerned that the aircraft would flip if the nose wheel struck the water. Immediately beyond the washout, the aircraft pitched forwards heavily onto the nose landing gear, which collapsed. The propeller struck the sand and the aircraft came to a halt.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage, but there were no injuries to the pilot or passengers.

- The pilot did not conduct a go-around including when faced with a vehicle hazard, landing well beyond the runway threshold and becoming airborne again during the landing. This resulted in the aircraft landing with insufficient runway remaining and a runway overrun onto an area of the beach unsuitable for the landing roll.
- The pilot did not obtain passenger weights or use standard weights to calculate the aircraft weight and balance prior to the flight from which to assess the required landing distance.


Various Australian media behind paywall

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-BNX courtesy

Bundaberg (YBUD / BDB)
14 July 2005; (c) Phil Vabre

Revision history:

03-Jan-2020 08:39 Petropavlovsk Added
03-Jan-2020 10:09 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
03-Jan-2020 10:16 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2020 10:19 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 15:53 Aerossurance Updated [Date, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 16:51 Aerossurance Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2020 09:53 Petropavlovsk Updated [Narrative]
29-Jan-2020 09:28 CM Updated [Damage, Narrative]
22-Jun-2020 14:19 harro Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Mar-2021 20:21 harro Updated [[Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]]
03-May-2021 11:50 harro Updated [Source]

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