Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150G, VH-KPP, Nookawarra Station, 170 km of Meekatharra WA, 9 October 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After the aircraft had been airborne about 90 minutes, the engine began to run roughly. The pilot's attempts to restore full power were unsuccessful and the engine stopped. During the latter stages of the subsequent landing roll, the aircraft struck a dead tree and damage was caused to the left wing and lower engine cowl. Before commencing the flight the pilot had checked the fuel contents gauges, they indicated that both tanks were about half full. He did not, however, visually check the fuel quantity in each tank nor did he specifically plan the duration of the flight. The loss of engine power was caused by fuel exhaustion.

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General details
Date: 09 October 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 900    
Location: Nookawarra Station, 170 km of Meekatharra    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 12 March 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-KPP  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Nookawarra Station WA  
Departure time 0900  
Destination Nookawarra Station WA