Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-161, VH-UZT, Bankstown NSW, 27 May 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot intended to conduct a short flight using Night VMC procedures. Shortly after take off from runway 29C, when the aircraft had reached a height of about 250 feet above the ground, the engine commenced to run roughly, with an associated loss of power. The pilot applied carburettor heat, but was unable to regain climbing power. A skidding left turn was carried out to position the aircraft for a downwind landing on the aerodrome. Touchdown occurred on a north-easterly heading near the eastern end of runway 29 on an unlit area. The aircraft bounced and power was applied to effect recovery. During the recovery the aircraft passed over a series of hangars before stalling at a low height and landing heavily on a sealed taxiway. An inspection of the engine revealed that the power loss was caused by a mechanical failure of the right magneto which affected the ignition timing.

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General details
Date: 27 May 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2115    
Location: Bankstown    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 23 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-UZT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Departure time 2115  
Destination Sydney NSW