Aviation safety investigations & reports

Mooney M20-F, VH-ERD, Warrigal Property, 67 km NW of Mildura VIC, 24 April 1984

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Status: Completed
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The pilot intended refuelling at the previous landing point but he found that fuel was not available. After re-checking his fuel requirements he was satisfied that the flight could be accomplished with almost full reserves. The weather deteriorated and groundspeed reduced during the flight, causing the pilot to become concerned about flight visibility and fuel endurance. He elected to make a precautionary landing near a homestead but during the landing roll the aircraft ran through a fence and collided with a ditch. Although the pilot had lost time on earlier legs of the flight he made no similar allowance for the subject leg, nor did he divert to a suitable refuelling point. Having decided to carry out a precautionary landing, the pilot did not make a low-level inspection of the area. The approach to land was made downwind and the aircraft did not touch down until it was less than 220 metres from the end of the 2000 metre paddock selected.

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General details
Date: 24 April 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1450    
Location: Warrigal Property, 67 km NW of Mildura    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 10 July 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Mooney Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model M20  
Aircraft registration VH-ERD  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cobar NSW  
Departure time 1450  
Destination Renmark SA  
Last update 13 May 2014