Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman G164B, VH-HCR, 11 km north-west of Coleambally NSW, 12 November 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Immediately after take-off from an agricultural airstrip the aircraft suffered a loss of power and a large quantity of oil from the engine covered the windscreen obscuring the pilot's forward vision. The pilot attempted to return to the airstrip but touched down at a very slow speed in a paddock approximately 200 metres from the airstrip. During the landing roll the aircraft entered an irrigation channel and tipped up on its nose causing the engine to separate from the airframe. Fuel leaking from the severed fuel line onto the hot engine and exhaust pipe ignited, and the ensuing fire rapidly engulfed the aircraft. It was found that the number three cylinder head had separated from the cylinder barrel. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 12 November 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1930    
Location: 11 km north-west of Coleambally    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 27 November 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grumman American Aviation Corp  
Aircraft model G-164  
Aircraft registration VH-HCR  
Serial number 5B  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point 11 km north-west of Coleambally NSW  
Departure time 1929  
Destination 11 km north-west of Coleambally NSW