Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 32-300, VH-RJV, 5 km E Kingoonya SA, 25 August 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During routine fuel management enroute, the pilot had selected in turn the right TIP tank, the right MAIN tank and then the left MAIN tank. To complete his pre-descent checks, the pilot elected to leave the fuel selector on what he thought was the left MAIN tank. The pilot had previously notified a change of destination as Kingoonya due to the onset of last light. At about 1800 feet on descent, the engine coughed and stopped although the propeller kept turning. The pilot completed his trouble checks including changing the tank selection to the next position to the left on the selector panel which he thought was the left TIP tank. Engine power was not restored, so the pilot continued to concentrate on the forced landing. At a few hundred feet above the ground, the pilot recalled making a final check of the fuel selector position and found that it was in the OFF position. The left MAIN tank was reselected but the engine did not respond before the aircraft touched down. During the landing roll, the nosewheel struck a fallen branch and the noseleg folded under the nose cowl. The investigation established that the pilot had flown only five hours in the last three months, one hour in the last thirty days and had a total of only eleven hours on type.

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General details
Date: 25 August 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1840    
Location: 5 km E Kingoonya    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 08 September 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-32  
Aircraft registration VH-RJV  
Serial number 32-40068  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Parafield SA  
Departure time 1547  
Destination Tarcoola SA