Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rockwell S-2R, VH-LGG, 15 km ESE Griffith NSW, 24 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after an apparently normal take-off, engine power was lost and the pilot was committed to a landing straight ahead. Initial touchdown was in a flooded rice paddy, and the aircraft then struck a levy bank and ran through a fence, coming to rest inverted in an adjoining dry paddock. Investigation revealed that one cylinder head had become detached from the engine and had removed a section of the inlet manifold. The cylinder head had failed as a result of fatigue cracking which had commenced at the edge of an exhaust valve insert.

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General details
Date: 24 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 959    
Location: 15 km ESE Griffith    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 16 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rockwell International  
Aircraft model S-2  
Aircraft registration VH-LGG  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 16 km East Griffith NSW  
Departure time 0959  
Destination 16 km East Griffith NSW