Aviation safety investigations & reports

American Aircraft Inc. (Falcon), 0612-10-01, 7 km W of Torquay VIC, 28 June 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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While performing a climbing turn to the left, at about 400 feet above the ground, there was a violent thud, a loud bang and the aircraft bank increased rapidly to the left. The pilot reduced power to reduce the level of engine vibration and levelled the aircraft. He noticed that a large portion of the left wing had been damaged before carrying out a successful, engine-off landing into a nearby paddock. An inspection of the aircraft discovered that the perforated, steel muffler core had been ejected into the propeller which flung the core into the left wing. The propeller, the aileron, two ribs and sections of the wing coverings were damaged. The above information was obtained from a report submitted by the pilot to the Australian Ultralight Federation. The report did not give the reasons for the failure of the muffler.

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General details
Date: 28 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1710    
Location: 7 km W of Torquay    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 15 August 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Aircraft Inc.  
Aircraft model Falcon XP  
Aircraft registration 10-0612  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 5 km W of Torquay VIC  
Departure time 1530  
Destination 5 km W of Torquay VIC