Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transfield PL-12/T-300, VH-AUL, 2 km East of Devonport Airport TAS, 4 December 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Prior to DEPARTURE the pilot ascertained that there was about 23 litres of fuel in the left tank and 91 in the right tank. Take off was with the left tank selected and spray operations commenced. Two paddocks were sprayed and half way along a clean up run to finish off the areas the engine failed due to use of all the fuel from the left tank. The pilot switched to the right tank with the boost on and turned left towards a clear area. The engine did not respond and after about 160 degrees of turn the left wing struck the ground and the aircraft slid to a stop. Had the pilot stopped the turn and levelled the wings earlier the aircraft would have struck trees.

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General details
Date: 04 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 550    
Location: 2 km East of Devonport Airport    
State: Tasmania    
Release date: 14 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-AUL  
Serial number H0106  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Devonport TAS  
Departure time 0535  
Destination Devonport TAS