Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 177B, VH-RLR, Near Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island QLD, 13 April 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was in normal cruising flight when the propeller suddenly went to fine pitch. A check of the instruments showed that the engine oil pressure gauge as reading low. The pilot immediately altered course in an attempt to reach a nearby airstrip. However, the engine then seized completely and the pilot was forced to carry out an emergency landing on a roadway. During the landing roll the right wing hit a tree, slewing the aircraft off the road and into a ditch. A subsequent inspection revealed that the external line which carries oil to the propeller governor had burst. It was found that this pipe had for some time been chafing against a clamp which secured another oil line.

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General details
Date: 13 April 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1640    
Location: Near Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 19 July 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 177  
Aircraft registration VH-RLR  
Serial number 177-01779  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hoxton Park NSW  
Departure time 1015  
Destination Redcliffe QLD