Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna U 206-F, VH-SKZ, Escott Station (10 km W Burketown) QLD, 12 October 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that while taxiing after landing the engine began to run roughly and stopped. He started the engine again and continued taxiing to the fuelling depot. After refuelling, the pilot carried out a fuel drain, removed and replaced the spark plugs, which were found to be clean, and started the engine. He completed an engine check and found that the engine ran roughly at idle but ran smoothly when operated at higher RPM. Shortly after takeoff, as the pilot was setting climb power, the engine failed. He was forced to carry out a landing on unsuitable terrain, and during the landing roll the nosegear broke off. An inspection of the engine found that the throttle to fuel control unit link rod assembly had become disconnected at the fuel control unit end following the loss of a split pin. This resulted in a mismatch between the internal position of the fuel control unit and the position of the throttle butterfly which was set by the pilot when he moved the throttle lever. The fuel control lever had apparently vibrated to a position where insufficient fuel was available to the engine to sustain engine power.

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General details
Date: 12 October 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1155    
Location: Escott Station (10 km W Burketown)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 28 October 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-SKZ  
Serial number U20601733  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Escott Station QLD  
Departure time 1150  
Destination Mount Isa QLD