Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 18/150, VH-PYK, Carbla Station near Hamelin Pool, WA, 23 March 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft took off from Carbla Station at 0600 for the purpose of mustering sheep about 5 miles west of the strip. At about 0800, with the left fuel tank selected and while turning right at a height of approximately 50 feet above the ground, the engine lost all power. The pilot levelled the aircraft and being unable to restore engine power, lowered full flap and carried out a forced landing straight ahead on lightly timbered level ground. Soon after touch down both main wheels struck tree roots and the aircraft overturned.
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General details
Date: 23 March 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0800 WST    
Location: Carbla Station    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 30 December 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-18  
Aircraft registration VH-PYK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Carbla Station  
Departure time 0600  
Destination Carbla Station  
Last update 16 May 2014