Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft 95-C55 Baron, VH-ASW, Lake Nash NT, 6 October 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When approaching Lake Nash the pilot had selected the fuel boost pumps to low in accordance with the manufacturer's operating handbook. He started to smell fuel so he turned the pumps off. After landing he shut down and unloaded the appropriate freight. On start up he did not smell any fuel but, at about 40 knots on the takeoff run, the left wing tip exploded and the aircraft caught fire. The pilot brought the aircraft to a stop off the strip and evacuated the aircraft. He was unable to recover any of his documents before the aircraft was totally destroyed by fire. Examination by an engineer indicated that the fire may have started in the left wheel well area and that fuel vapour in the wing had exploded through the wing tip.

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General details
Date: 06 October 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1425    
Location: Lake Nash    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Fire  
Release date: 07 December 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95  
Aircraft registration VH-ASW  
Serial number TE-402  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Lake Nash NT  
Destination Tennant Creek NT