Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 210 G, VH-DPZ, Wilsons Promontory VIC, 11 April 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Approaching the coastline of Wilsons Promontory, the pilot heard a loud bang from the engine compartment, which was followed by oil escaping onto the windscreen. About 40 seconds later the engine failed completely and the pilot carried out a successful ditching in about 1.2 metres of water, some 10 metres from the shoreline. The pilot and passengers waded to land and were subsequently rescued by a helicopter. The pilot had chosen to land in the water rather than attempt a landing on the beach, which appeared to be soft and was obstructed by a rocky outcrop. Examination of the engine revealed that the number 5 cylinder connecting rod had failed from fatigue. This in turn led to the overload failure of the big-end bolts.

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General details
Date: 11 April 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1438    
Location: Wilsons Promontory    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 22 January 1987   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-DPZ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Flinders Island TAS  
Departure time 1438  
Destination Moorabbin VIC