Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 177-A, VH-EID, Cowra NSW, 18 March 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot said that during a landing approach to runway 33 at Cowra the engine suffered a complete loss of power. The aircraft was landed in a paddock near the aerodrome. During the landing roll the aircraft struck a fence, resulting in a steel stake penetrating the left side of the fuselage and the adjacent rear passenger seat. From information supplied by the pilot, the loss of power was probably due to fuel exhaustion as a result of his miscalculation of the overall fuel consumption rate of the aircraft. This occurrence was not the subject of an on-site investigation. The report is based on information supplied by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 18 March 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: Cowra    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 03 January 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 177  
Aircraft registration VH-EID  
Serial number 17701172  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Cowra NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Cowra NSW