Aviation safety investigations & reports

Operational event involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 210K, VH-CAZ, Bathurst Island, NT on 27 June 1994

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot attempted to start the engine for the return flight to Darwin, but the starter motor failed to operate. He then applied the handbrake, chocked the nose-wheel and hand-swung the propeller. After several attempts the engine fired then ran at a high RPM speed causing the aircraft to jump over the chock and head towards the airport fence. After unsuccessfully attempting to enter the cabin the pilot tried to grab a main wheel, but missed. He next grabbed at the tailplane but was knocked to the ground. The empty aircraft then ran through the airport fence, across a road and into a ditch, where it came to rest suffering substantial damaged.
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General details
Date: 27 June 1994   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 9:15 CST    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 26 August 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210K  
Aircraft registration VH-CAZ  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bathurst Island NT  
Destination Darwin NT