Aviation safety investigations & reports

First Strike Aviation Supercat, Not Registered, Lockyer Waters, 66km West of Brisbane QLD, 18 July 1987

Investigation number:
198703531
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The pilot was carrying out circuit practice in his aircraft. After about 15 minutes flying the engine stopped. Realising that the aircraft would not glide to the strip, the pilot attempted a forced landing in a grassed paddock just short of the property boundary fence. Just after touching down, the aircraft struck the trunk of a fallen tree and the landing gear was bent rearwards. An inspection of the wreckage found that a hose clamp holding the fuel line to the inlet side of the carburettor had failed and allowed fuel to siphon overboard. The failure of the clamp had resulted from the incorrect size clamp being used and the resultant size differential resulted in geometrical discontinuity and circumferential stress overload. The engine failed due to fuel exhaustion.

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General details
Date: 18 July 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0845 apprx    
Location: Lockyer Waters, 66km West of Brisbane    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 24 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer First Strike Aviation  
Aircraft model Supercat  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Serial number 400  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lockyer Waters QLD  
Departure time 0845 apprx  
Destination Lockyer Waters QLD