Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DHC2, VH-IDR, "Woodend" 15 Km East of Cooma NSW, 4 May 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was engaged in spreading gypsum on pasture. The pilot reported that during the third take-off run of the morning, the engine failed just prior to lift off. The fuel selector was positioned to the rear fuel tank and there was insufficient time to select the front fuel tank and restore fuel supply to the engine. The pilot was unable to stop the aircraft and it ran through a fence and a deep ditch beyond the end of the strip, causing damage to the right wing, right undercarriage and tailplane. The pilot reported that the aircraft had been refuelled the night before by other persons, but not to full tanks. The fuel gauges were inaccurate and the rear tank had actually been almost empty. In addition, the audible low fuel warning was not operational. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 04 May 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 915    
Location: "Woodend" 15 Km East of Cooma    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 28 June 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada  
Aircraft model DHC-2  
Aircraft registration VH-IDR  
Serial number 324  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point "Woodend" NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination "Woodend" NSW