Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna P206, VH-PQD, Port Hedland, WA, 19 August 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft departed Port Hedland and commenced to climb to a cruising altitude of 5,500 feet. When it had climbed to approximately 3, 000 feet a loud bang from the engine area was heard, and a substantial loss of engine power occurred. The pilot turned back towards the aerodrome and the cabin began to fill with smoke but this cleared when the port window was opened. The pilot carried out various cockpit checks but was unable to restore full power to the engine and he carried out a straight in approach and landed on runway 32. Subsequent examination revealed that the No. 5 cylinder head had failed, following the development of a fatigue crack. Displacement of the cylinder head after failure broke a fuel injection line which led to a fire in the engine cowling, and resulted in damage to engine components and cowlings and to lower fuselage skin.
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General details
Date: 19 August 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1320 WST    
Location: Port Hedland    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 06 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-PQD  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Port Hedland  
Departure time 1318  
Destination Marble Bar  
Last update 13 May 2014