Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150L, VH-DIV, Hardington Station, 65 km NNE of Muttaburra QLD, 20 November 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that the flight was commenced with full fuel tanks. An endurance of over 210 minutes was anticipated with the planned fuel flow. The engine failed after three hours and the aircraft sustained damage to the nose gear and right wing during the ensuing forced landing. The pilot advised that when he subsequently dipped the fuel tanks there was no fuel remaining. The pilot had not leaned the mixture correctly, and the consequent fuel flow was greater than he had expected. On previous occasions he had operated the aircraft for shorter flight periods and had not calculated the actual fuel usage rate.

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General details
Date: 20 November 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 800    
Location: Hardington Station, 65 km NNE of Muttaburra    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 01 November 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-DIV  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hardington QLD  
Departure time 0800  
Destination Hardington QLD  
Last update 01 April 2011