Aviation safety investigations & reports

Total power loss VC Buzzard Arrow 2, Erskine Park, NSW, 30 April 1990

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Status: Completed
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The owner of the weight-shift controlled aircraft was being given dual instruction in circuit procedures. This involved making normal approaches followed by a low level go-around. During the fourth go-around, at a height of about 50 feet, the engine suddenly stopped. The instructor took over the controls and attempted a landing in a sparsely wooded area adjacent to the landing strip, but was unable to prevent the aircraft from colliding with a tree and striking the ground heavily. A specialist examination failed to reveal any defect with the engine or fuel system. The reason for the engine stoppage could not be positively established. However, the ROTAX 532 engine was fitted with a single ignition system controlled by an unguarded toggle switch mounted on a console in the forward cockpit. The circumstances of the engine stoppage were consistent with the ignition switch being inadvertantly bumped off by the front seat pilot.

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General details
Date: 30 April 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1030    
Location   (show map): Erskine Park    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 01 August 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer AirBorne Australia  
Aircraft model VC Buzzard Arrow 2  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Orchard Hills, NSW  
Departure time 1000  
Destination Orchard Hills, NSW  
Last update 11 March 2016