Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-WXK, near Narrogin, WA. 2 May 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The engine had lost power because of fuel exhaustion after a total elapsed flight time of 3 1/2 hours. It is probable that while manoeuvring for a precautionary landing the engine failed from fuel exhaustion at a point where the pilot was unable to recover control of the aircraft before it impacted the ground.
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General details
Date: 02 May 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1832 WST    
Location: 8km south of Narrogin    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 01 November 1983   Occurrence category: Operational  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-WXK  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Katanning  
Departure time 1640  
Destination Jandakot  
Last update 01 April 2011