Aviation safety investigations & reports

Total power loss Maxair Drifter 582, 70 km SSE of Quilpie, QLD, 17 April 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that while cruising at about 350 feet above ground level, the engine began to run roughly to the extent that he was unable to maintain height. In the subsequent landing, the aircraft struck a tree, cartwheeled, and was extensively damaged. The spark plug in one of the engine's two cylinders was fouled by carbon deposits.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: 70 km SSE of Quilpie    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 02 May 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Austflight U.L.A. Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Drifter 582  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Beechal Station (63 km SSE Quilpie) QLD  
Departure time 1115 approx  
Destination Wareo Station (74 km SSE Quilpie) QLD  
Last update 21 March 2016