Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A185-F, VH-UJT, Kanimbla Valley NSW, 28 January 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was taking off from a one-way agricultural strip during spreading operations. As the aircraft became airborne it suffered a complete loss of engine power. The pilot dumped the load and landed the aircraft on the strip remaining. During the landing roll the pilot was forced to swerve the aircraft onto an adjacent cleared area to avoid a gully beyond the strip end. At a low forward speed, the right main landing gear struck a stump. The aircraft groundlooped, collapsing the left main gear and damaging the outer left wing. No mechanical defect of the engine was found. Although vapour lock was suspected, the cause of the loss of power was not determined.

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General details
Date: 28 January 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1001    
Location: Kanimbla Valley    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 06 July 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 185  
Aircraft registration VH-UJT  
Serial number 18503282  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kanimbla Valley NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Kanimbla Valley NSW