Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 177, VH-DZK, Yanrey Station, WA, 16 April 1970

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 150KB]
The aircraft was refuelled before the flight in circumstances such that some fuel transfer between tanks may have taken place. This would have resulted in a slight reduction in the total fuel carried, but allowance for normal fuel reserves would have adequately provided for this contingency. The pilot considered, from past experience of the type of operation and the power settings to be used, that the total endurance of the aircraft would be 5 hours based on the full capacity of the tanks. After some 4 hours 40 minutes flying time the aircraft was returning to Yanrey Station and was at a height of about 800 feet above terrain, when the engine failed. The pilot noted that the fuel pressure was zero and he changed the fuel tank selection from "Left" to "Both", turned on the fuel booster pump and checked that the fuel shut off valve was in the "On" position. The engine did not regain power and the pilot carried out a forced landing in the only cleared area within gliding distance. Towards the end of the landing roll the port mainplane struck a small tree, causing the aircraft to veer to the left as it came to rest. Damage was confined to the outer leading edge of the port mainplane. Subsequent to the landing, both fuel gauges were found to be reading 2 gallons, but there was no available fuel in the tanks.
Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 150KB]
General details
Date: 16 April 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130 WST    
Location: Yanrey Station    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 23 August 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 177  
Aircraft registration VH-DZK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point near Yanrey Station  
Departure time 1130 WST  
Destination Yanrey Station  
Last update 16 May 2014