Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235 Pawnee, VH-BSB, Preolenna, Tas, 18 February 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was operating over hilly and moderately timbered terrain in which any cleared areas were fenced into small paddocks about 100 yards square. While conducting a procedure turn at about 100 feet to reverse the aircraft heading, the pilot experienced a complete loss of engine power. He conducted an abbreviated trouble check before attempting to land the aircraft on the most suitable area. The aircraft struck a barbed wire fence at the approach end of a small paddock and after rolling for about 100 yards with the brakes fully applied, the pilot used the sloping ground to assist him in a 290 degree ground loop to the right. During his manoeuvre the tail wheel fork failed. The aircraft fuel tank was found to contain one pint of fuel whereas the contents gauge indicated that eight gallons remained.
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General details
Date: 18 February 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0815 TST    
Location: Preolenna    
State: Tasmania    
Release date: 09 February 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-BSB  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Agricultural Strip  
Departure time 0810  
Destination Agricultural Strip  
Last update 16 May 2014