Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182-N, VH-EKF, 26 km NW of Burketown QLD, 9 August 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Approaching the destination, the engine began to run roughly. As the aircraft was losing altitude the pilot selected a track running through the scrub as the only suitable landing area. During the landing roll both wings struck trees and the aircraft ran off the track. Rough running was caused by a worn carburettor float valve assembly, which in turn stuck closed and then too far open. Consequently the engine first ran too lean, and then too rich. Once rough running began the pilot selected the mixture to full rich. This did not resolve the problem, but the pilot left the control in full rich instead of attempting to adjust the mixture through the full range available.

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General details
Date: 09 August 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545    
Location: 26 km NW of Burketown    
State: Queensland    
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 182  
Aircraft registration VH-EKF  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Urapunga NT  
Departure time 1258  
Destination Burketown QLD