Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-KGA, 34 km SW of Esperance WA, 22 January 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As part of his pre-flight inspection, the pilot completed a water check on each of the wing tanks and operated the fuel strainer knob, although a sample was not drawn from this point. During the flight the pilot noticed a strong smell of fuel and as he turned back towards the DEPARTURE aerodrome the engine lost power. The pilot carried out a forced landing into an area of dense light timber, during which the aircraft struck several trees. The fuel strainer drain was found to be open due to a kink in the operating cable and the pilot had not checked that the drain had closed after its operation during the pre-flight inspection. During flight loss of fuel through the strainer drain resulted in a gradual loss of fuel pressure and the engine lost power due to fuel starvation after about 40 minutes of flight.

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General details
Date: 22 January 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1555    
Location: 34 km SW of Esperance    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 09 May 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-KGA  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Esperance WA  
Departure time 1515  
Destination Esperance WA