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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214368
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LA4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer
Registration: VH-EJX
MSN: 596
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Townsville Airport (YBTL), Garbutt, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YBTL
Destination airport:YBTL
Investigating agency: BASI
The student pilot was receiving instruction for an endorsement on the aircraft type. Following a touch and go landing, the instructor closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The subsequent landing was firm and the right wheel broke off. The aircraft ground looped through 180 degrees before coming to rest. Inspection of the gear leg revealed severe corrosion in the internal section of the leg. The right main gear leg failed on landing due to corrosion. This corrosion apparently had not been detected during the most recent periodic and major inspections, and there was no evidence that the bore of the main gear leg had been coated and sealed to prevent ingress of moisture.


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


Photo of VH-EJX courtesy

Mackay (YBMK / MKY)
9 February 1994; (c) Geoff Goodall (via David Carter)

Revision history:

11-Aug-2018 11:51 Pineapple Added

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