Aviation safety investigations & reports

Victa 100, VH-MVC, Narrogin West, WA, 23 February 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the first circuit of the training period the pilot completed the turn onto base leg of the circuit at about 800-1000 feet and then selected what he believed was the carburettor heat control. He then closed the throttle to make a gliding approach with 8° of flap lowered. At a height of 150 to 100 feet when slightly undershooting the pilot opened the throttle but the engine failed to respond. He then closed and opened the throttle again without result and he checked that the fuel and fuel pump were both selected "ON". Before he could check the carburettor heat, the cabin heat and the mixture controls, all of which are similar in appearance and operation, he was obliged to concentrate on the imminent landing in a paddock short of the strip. The aircraft touched down, bounced over a shallow ditch and then struck a fence and trees. Although the aircraft was substantially damaged, the engine was not damaged and a subsequent examination of it revealed no defect. Ambient conditions were conducive to carburettor icing.
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General details
Date: 23 February 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0930 WST    
Location: Narrogin West    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 28 April 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 100  
Aircraft registration VH-MVC  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Narrogin West  
Departure time 0925  
Destination Narrogin West  
Last update 13 May 2014