Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ayres Thrush S2R-600, VH-WBW, Teviot Downs (2 km NW of Mungindi) NSW, 6 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had ferried the aircraft to the strip in order to carry out aerial top-dressing operations. At the conclusion of the seventh load for the day, the pilot calculated that he had sufficient fuel to carry out a further short flight prior to refuelling. During this flight, the engine stopped suddenly and the pilot attempted to glide clear of the flooded paddock. The aircraft subsequently stalled and struck an embankment between the end of the crop and a road on which the pilot was attempting to land. Initial inspection revealed that there was virtually no fuel remaining in the tank. No fault was subsequently found with the engine and systems of the aircraft. The pilot had been checking the fuel quantity remaining by reference to the cockpit gauges. Although the engine had apparently failed from fuel exhaustion, the gauges were still indicating that fuel remained in the tanks when the aircraft came to rest.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1720 approx    
Location: Teviot Downs (2 km NW of Mungindi)    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 30 April 1987   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-WBW  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Mungindi NSW  
Departure time 1720 approx  
Destination Mungindi NSW