Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 404, VH-BPM, Townsville QLD, 20 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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As the pilot was applying power at the commencement of the take-off run, the right engine lost power. An explosion was then heard from the vicinity of the right engine. The pilot secured the engine and after stopping the aircraft, evacuated the passengers before leaving the aircraft himself. He then noticed a small fire under the right wing which he quelled with a fire extinguisher obtained from the aircraft. Investigation revealed a loose fuel line union in the right wing just outboard of the engine. This allowed fuel to leak into the wing where it pooled and the vapour was ignited by the hot exhaust gases. No record was found of any maintenance being carried out on the fuel line in question.

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General details
Date: 20 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Townsville    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 06 February 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 404  
Aircraft registration VH-BPM  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Townsville QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Palm Island QLD