Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150H, VH-DVG, Tyabb, Vic, 18 April 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Following a dual check consisting of two circuits, the pilot was sent for one solo circuit. The take off was normal, and the aircraft was climbed to about 500 feet and turned to the right across wind. At this point the pilot throttled back to climb power and the engine failed. She closed the throttle and opened it again and the engine responded momentarily but then lost power completely. The pilot checked that the fuel was on and mixture rich and commenced an approach towards a small field almost straight ahead. The wind was from 020 degrees at 10 knots, but the longest dimension of the field was towards the east and the pilot continued in that direction. In the final stages of the approach, the pilot pulled up to avoid a small tree and the aircraft then sank heavily into the selected field, which had drainage furrows running obliquely to the landing direction. The aircraft bounced twice and on the third touchdown the nosewheel collapsed, the nose dug in and the aircraft flipped over on to its back. There was no fire and the pilot turned off the ignition and the master switch before evacuating through the cabin window. The field in which the aircraft landed measured 480 feet by 270 feet and there was no more suitable area available.
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General details
Date: 18 April 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1750 EST    
Location: Tyabb    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 05 February 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-DVG  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tyabb  
Departure time 1745  
Destination Tyabb  
Last update 16 May 2014