Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA24/260 Comanche, VH-TMB, Pennant Hills, NSW, 25 June 1972

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On the day prior to the accident the aircraft was flown for approximately 3 1/2 hours and, although the pilot on that occasion noted the defect which gave a continuous 'Full' indication in respect of the selected fuel tank, the defect was not recorded on the aircraft documents. The aircraft was not refuelled after the flight and it is probable that approximately 30 gallons of fuel, sufficient for 2 1/2 hours flying at normal consumption rate, remained including 7 gallons in the left main tank and 14 gallons in the right main tank. Shortly after passing Hornsby at an altitude of 2,000 feet and some 30 minutes after departure the engine surged and ran roughly and this was followed by total loss of power. He then prepared to make a forced landing on a nearby golf course fairway, the most suitable area for the purpose within gliding distance.
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General details
Date: 25 June 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1007 EST    
Location: Pennant Hills Golf Course    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 20 March 1973   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-24  
Aircraft registration VH-TMB  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown  
Departure time 0933  
Destination Bankstown  
Last update 01 April 2011