Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transavia PL12, VH-MLJ, 8 km East of Deloraine TAS, 6 February 1985

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the conclusion of spraying operations the pilot initiated a climb enroute to his destination. Almost immediately, the engine failed completely and the pilot was committed to a landing in a barley crop. During the landing roll the nosewheel was broken off and the aircraft overturned. The aircraft was at about 100 feet agl when the engine failed and the most suitable area available required that the landing be made downhill on a soft surface. A skid to the right after touchdown caused the nosegear to fail. The cause of the engine power loss could not be established.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000 approx    
Location: 8 km East of Deloraine    
State: Tasmania    
Release date: 01 July 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-MLJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Deloraine TAS  
Departure time 1000 approx  
Destination Deloraine TAS