Aviation safety investigations & reports

Taylor Monoplane, VH-TPQ, 20 km NNW Ardlethan NSW, 2 February 1991

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot said the preflight engine run-up was normal, although the engine seemed to run roughly with a slight RPM drop when carburettor heat was applied. A take off was commenced but the pilot did not think engine performance was normal. After becoming airborne the engine ran roughly and lost power. The throttle was closed and the aircraft was landed straight ahead on the strip remaining. However, the aircraft overran the strip end and collided with a fence. The pilot reported that wasps had nested in the intake ducting whilst the aircraft had been idle and uncovered during the previous few days. The nest had apparently dislodged during the preflight run-up causing eventual power loss after take off. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 02 February 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 650    
Location   (show map): 20 km NNW Ardlethan    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 08 March 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Taylor Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model JT-1  
Aircraft registration VH-TPQ  
Serial number N117  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 20 km NNW Ardlethan NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Wagga Wagga NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014