Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172 F, VH-DNV, North Curl Curl Beach NSW, 18 May 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was cruising at 500 feet above some Sydney area beaches. Following an ATC instruction, the pilot applied full power in order to climb to 2000 feet. The engine ran roughly for a short period then lost all power and the pilot was committed to a forced landing in shallow water. Touchdown occurred about 5 metres from the shore-line and the aircraft came to rest inverted in the water. No pre-existing fault could be found with the aircraft engine or ancillaries. Atmospheric conditions were conducive to the formation of moderate carburettor icing. Carburettor heat had not been applied when the engine began to run roughly and lose power.

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General details
Date: 18 May 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1505    
Location: North Curl Curl Beach    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 23 August 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-DNV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Richmond NSW  
Departure time 1410  
Destination Richmond NSW