Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA22-160, VH-AMX, 2km East of Northam Aerodrome WA, 5 January 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was on climb towing a glider when the pilot saw smoke and flames around the left rudder pedal area. The glider was released and the pilot landed the aircraft in a paddock. He abandoned the aircraft before it was destroyed by fire. Because of the severity of damage the cause of the fire could not be determined. It was established that the fire melted fuel lines in the cockpit walls and fuel released then fed the fire which completely gutted the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1052    
Location: 2km East of Northam Aerodrome    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 25 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-22  
Aircraft registration VH-AMX  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Northam WA  
Departure time 1052  
Destination Northam WA