Aviation safety investigations & reports

Sia Marchetti SF260, VH-ARV, 7 km ESE Yabba North VIC, 24 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At a height of about 100 feet after takeoff, the engine faltered briefly. It then returned to full power, but the pilot decided to conduct a low level circuit and land in order to investigate the apparent anomaly. On the downwind leg the engine stopped and the pilot was committed to a wheels-up landing in a paddock. Shortly before touchdown engine power was regained and the propeller contacted the ground under almost full power. The pilot later advised that he had inadvertently selected an almost empty fuel tank prior to takeoff. He had not checked the fuel selector when the first loss of power was noticed, because he had been convinced that he had selected the correct tank.

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General details
Date: 24 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1624    
Location: 7 km ESE Yabba North    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Siai-Marchetti S.p.A  
Aircraft model F.260  
Aircraft registration VH-ARV  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 7 km ESE Yabba North VIC  
Departure time 1624  
Destination Benalla VIC