Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beechcraft C35, VH-DBC, "Karuma" 37 km SW Goodooga NSW, 21 November 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot intended to conduct an aerial inspection of one of his properties prior to departing for his home base. The pilot reported that during the takeoff the engine misfired, so he abandoned the takeoff and returned to the threshold of the airstrip where he carried out a complete engine run which satisfied him that all was normal. The subsequent take-off was uneventful, and the pilot completed the property inspection. Several minutes after setting heading the engine again misfired, accompanied by backfiring and a loss of power. The pilot attempted to return to the airstrip on his property, but the lack of power committed him to a forced landing. He selected a suitable flat open cultivated paddock and made a successful landing. Vacating the aircraft the pilot noticed a fire burning in the engine bay area, which increased in intensity and completely consumed the aircraft. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 21 November 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1615    
Location: "Karuma" 37 km SW Goodooga    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 28 December 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-DBC  
Serial number D2931  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point "Karuma"  
Departure time 1605  
Destination "Quandong Park" near Collie NSW