Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech A36, VH-MNS, Caloundra Downs, 9km South-west of Caloundra QLD, 26 August 1986

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Status: Completed
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A simulated forced landing exercise was planned by the instructor as part of an endorsement onto the type. The exercise was commenced at about 2800 feet above ground level, but because of distractions relating to radio transmissions, engine clearing checks were not conducted during the descent. The student misjudged the approach and was instructed to go-around. When the throttle was opened at about 500 feet, there was no response from the engine. The instructor took control, but was unable to prevent the aircraft touching down about 90 metres short of the selected strip. The gear was torn off and the right wing was severed by a collision with a fence post. Inspection of the wreckage did not reveal any defects with the engine or its systems that could have contributed to the occurrence, and the reason for the reported loss of power was not determined. On detection of the power loss, the aircraft manufacturer's loss of power checks were not attempted, nor were changes to the aircraft configuration conducted which would have improved glide performance.

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General details
Date: 26 August 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1550 Approx    
Location: Caloundra Downs, 9km South-west of Caloundra    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 20 July 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 36  
Aircraft registration VH-MNS  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Caloundra QLD  
Departure time 1550 Approx  
Destination Caloundra QLD