Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172-N, VH-PJH, Proserpine QLD, 1 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that as the aircraft climbed through about 300 feet after takeoff, the engine RPM suddenly dropped by 350-400. This was accompanied by rough running. The pilot decided to land in a gravel pit just beyond the airfield boundary. The aircraft was stopped after a ground run of 150 metres but received substantial damage due to the rough surface. The engine problem was probably caused by sticking valve(s). This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1231    
Location: Proserpine    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 28 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-PJH  
Serial number 17273502  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Proserpine QLD  
Departure time 1231  
Destination Proserpine QLD