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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215306
Last updated: 18 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-XDH
MSN: 1047
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:12km N of Strahan, TAS -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Strahan, TAS
Destination airport:Strahan, TAS
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot had not previously landed at the particular area, but had carried out a detailed inspection to ensure no debris was present in the water, which was about one metre in depth. Almost immediately after touchdown the nose yawed some 20 degrees to the left and the aircraft pitched forward and overturned. A subsequent inspection revealed considerable damage to the hull below the cabin floor. The investigation discovered that the right hand nose gear door had previously been damaged. The repairs carried out had not corrected weaknesses in the door resulting from this damage. The area selected for landing on this occasion was too short for normal operations, and discolouring of the water prevented the pilot from detecting any obstructions below the surface. The aircraft adopted a nose-low attitude shortly after touchdown, but whether this was pilot induced or the result of striking a sandbank was not established. The resulting pressure of water on the nose area distorted the already weakened gear door and forced the left door sideways into about the normal open position. During the subsequent yaw and overturn, the right wing and the nose of the aircraft struck the bottom of the river.


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

Revision history:

12-Sep-2018 12:15 Pineapple Added

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