Aviation safety investigations & reports

Victa 100, VH-BNV, 20 km North of Chillingham NSW, 1 December 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had recently purchased the aircraft and intended taking it to his local aerodrome. About 20 minutes after DEPARTURE the engine suddenly lost all power and the pilot was committed to a landing on unsuitable terrain. On landing the nose and left main wheels were torn off and, the left wing main spar was broken. When inspecting the aircraft after it had come to rest, the pilot discovered a loose connection in the fuel line on the inlet side of the fuel filter bowl. The aircraft had stood disused at the DEPARTURE ALA for about two years and the pilot conducted a detailed pre-flight inspection and a test flight before DEPARTURE. The maintenance release was not readily available prior to DEPARTURE, but its inspection subsequent to the accident indicated that no maintenance inspections had been conducted on the aircraft during the previous 27 months.

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General details
Date: 01 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1010    
Location: 20 km North of Chillingham    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 17 September 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 100  
Aircraft registration VH-BNV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Surfers Gardens QLD  
Departure time 1010  
Destination Casino NSW  
Last update 01 April 2011