Incident Piper PA-28R-200 VH-SVX,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216868
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Date:Friday 16 January 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28R-200
Registration: VH-SVX
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Coffs Harbour Airport (YCFS), Coffs Harbour, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YCFS
Destination airport:YCFS
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
About 5 minutes after take-off for a sight-seeing flight, the latches on the cabin door released and the door partially opened. The pilot was distracted by the resulting airflow noise and was concerned that the door may have opened further. An immediate return was made to the departure point, but the pilot then forgot to lower the landing gear before touchdown. The subsequent investigation revealed that the top door latch had probably not been correctly secured before departure. The pilot had not checked the security of the door, but had asked his passenger to make sure the door was closed. The main latch was found to be out of adjustment, such that a firm push could cause the door to spring open. The pilot had not previously experienced a door open in flight situation. He had been unduly anxious to land, and had not completed the pre-landing checks. The noise of the airflow past the door had masked the sound of the gear warning horn. The aircraft is equipped with an automatic gear lowering system, however the handle for this system was in the manual over-ride position.

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


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30-Oct-2018 08:58 Pineapple Added

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