Aviation safety investigations & reports

Total loss of power Piper J3C-65, N4351, Ingleside NSW, 18 December 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was engaged on a coastal sightseeing flight in marginal VMC. The area was affected by a humid airflow. The pilot said the engine appeared to be affected by carburettor icing and, although he was able to restore power with carburettor heat, he was apprehensive about returning over the metropolitan area. He said he decided to make a precautionary landing on a nearby clearing. After a landing roll of about 100 metres, the landing gear struck a shallow ditch and collapsed. The aircraft slid to a halt a few metres beyond the point of impact.

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General details
Date: 18 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800    
Location: Ingleside    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 27 June 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model J-3  
Aircraft registration N43518  
Serial number 9377  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wedderburn, NSW  
Departure time 1620  
Destination Wedderburn, NSW  
Last update 15 March 2016