Aviation safety investigations & reports

Airborne Trike, 0376-10-01, Burrereo (13 km SE of Minyip) VIC, 12 June 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was practising circuits. The engine lost power at about 90 feet in the climb after the fourth take-off. Thinking his foot may have slipped off the throttle, the pilot lifted his foot and pressed down on the throttle again. The engine responded with full power. With the sudden increase in thrust the Trike adopted a steep nose high attitude. Two or three seconds later the engine stopped. The Trike stalled, rolled to the right and began to sideslip. The pilot tried unsuccessfully to recover from the stall. The engine failed because of fuel starvation. A plastic fuel funnel extension was later discovered in the fuel tank. The funnel extension had blocked off the fuel outlet from the tank. The funnel extension was completely unfamiliar to pilot. It is probable that the funnel extension entered the tank during refuelling by a previous owner of the Trike. It is likely that the funnel extension had been present in the fuel tank for a considerable time. This accident was not the subject of a formal on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 12 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1220    
Location   (show map): Burrereo (13 km SE of Minyip)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Fuel starvation  
Release date: 10 October 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer AirBorne Australia  
Aircraft model Trike  
Aircraft registration 10-0376  
Serial number 104  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Burrereo VIC  
Departure time 1218  
Destination Burrereo VIC