Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna U206F, VH-EKJ, Kudgee Station, 50 Km South of Broken Hill NSW, 11 November 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot noticed a low oil pressure reading and decided to land at a strip he had just overflown. As he turned the aircraft toward the strip the engine began to vibrate and backfire and it was shut down. The aircraft touched down 150 metres short of the strip boundary fence. After running through this fence the aircraft continued for a further 280 metres before coming to rest on the strip. Inspection of the engine revealed that the crankcase had been punctured by the connecting rod of the number 4 piston. The connecting rod assembly had been subjected to excessively high temperatures due to a lack of lubrication. The cause of the lack of lubrication to the assembly could not be determined. After the engine had failed, the pilot continued with his attempt to land at the nearby station strip although a closer, suitable area was available.

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General details
Date: 11 November 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 823    
Location: Kudgee Station, 50 Km South of Broken Hill    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 25 June 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-EKJ  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Essendon VIC  
Departure time 0823  
Destination Broken Hill NSW  
Last update 01 April 2011