Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA36-285, VH-BQD, 12km NNE of Moura QLD, 13 September 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had completed spreading the third load of herbicide on a paddock and was setting course for his employer's home base when the engine lost power. After conducting emergency checks engine power was restored. The mixture was leaned and a climb initiated while continuing to return to the strip. While the aircraft was still some distance from home the engine stopped. The pilot conducted a landing, downwind and downhill, across a contour bank in a wheat paddock. Examination of the aircraft by the owner disclosed that the aircraft had run out of fuel. The pilot had been using higher power settings and richer mixture settings than anticipated by the owner, who was monitoring the pilot's performance. The pilot had not landed into wind nor had he selected an appropriate landing area when faced with the need to conduct a forced landing.

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General details
Date: 13 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1044    
Location: 12km NNE of Moura    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 10 December 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-36  
Aircraft registration VH-BQD  
Serial number 36-7560104  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 12km N of Moura QLD  
Departure time 0950  
Destination 12km N of Moura QLD