Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32R, VH-RHT, Kurwina Plantation (Bouganville Island) Papua New Guinea, 18 September 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting a pleasure flight from Australia to the Solomon Islands via various aerodromes in Papua New Guinea. He reported that shortly after take-off the engine lost power and he was forced to ditch the aircraft, which subsequently sank in 100 metres of water. Investigation of this accident is the responsibility of the PNG authorities. The investigation indicated that the take-off attempt had been made with the aircraft loaded in excess of the maximum recommended for the length of strip available.

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General details
Date: 18 September 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location: Kurwina Plantation (Bouganville Island) Papua New Guinea    
State: International    
Release date: 22 April 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-RHT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Kurwina Plantation PNG  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Kieta PNG  
Last update 01 April 2011