Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fletcher FU24/A4, VH-EOF, 25 Km South of St.Arnaud VIC, 25 February 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after take-off during a spreading operation the engine suddenly lost power. The pilot dumped the load and operated the fuel boost pump, however after a short burst of power the engine failed completely. The pilot was committed to a downwind landing and towards the end of the landing roll the aircraft ran into a gully and collided with tree stumps. The engine had failed from fuel exhaustion. The pilot was not aware of the amount of fuel added to the tanks at the previous refuelling and he had subsequently relied on the fuel gauge readings to assess the remaining endurance.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1557    
Location: 25 Km South of St.Arnaud    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 11 April 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airparts NZ Ltd  
Aircraft model FU-24  
Aircraft registration VH-EOF  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Stuart Mill VIC  
Departure time 1557  
Destination Stuart Mill VIC