Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna C206, VH-RDR, Wilton (Authorised Landing Area) NSW, 18 February 1990

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft was refuelled after having stood in the open for several very wet weeks. Pre-flight and water sump drain inspections were conducted by the pilot and appeared to be normal. Engine start and pre-take off checks also appeared normal. Just as the aircraft became airborne the engine power diminished dramatically and the pilot elected to land straight ahead. The aircraft subsequently ran off the airstrip into rough terrain. The nosewheel, firewall and propeller were damaged. Subsequent inspection of the fuel system found that the system contained pure water between the fuel tanks and engine.

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General details
Date: 18 February 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1640    
Location: Wilton (Authorised Landing Area)    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 04 June 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-RDR  
Serial number P206-0358  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wilton (Authorised Landing Area) NSW  
Departure time 1639  
Destination Wilton (Authorised Landing Area) NSW