Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 188, VH-DOD, Munglinup, 120km West of Esperance WA, 31 July 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was engaged in the spreading of urea. During the operation he had observed that the aircraft was not performing as well as normal. He carried out a trouble check and after the completion of some rectifications and an engine run, believed he had rectified the problem. Six more sorties were completed without problem. However, shortly after takeoff on the next sortie the engine again partially lost power. The pilot decided to return and land, but not dump the load. During the turn toward the airstrip the aircraft stalled and impacted the ground with the left wingtip. The investigation determined that the loss of engine power was caused by a faulty magneto and contributed to by the generally poor condition of the engine. The engine had not been operating normally for some time, and attempts to rectify the problems, by unlicenced maintenance personnel, had not been successful.

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General details
Date: 31 July 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400    
Location: Munglinup, 120km West of Esperance    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 25 June 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-DOD  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Munglinup WA  
Departure time 1400  
Destination Munglinup WA