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The pilot had purchased the aircraft earlier in the day and was flying it home to Kingaroy. During the pre-flight inspection he noted that the fuel quantity indication in the sight gauge was 35 litres. This was assessed as adequate for the 20 minute flight, plus reserves. About 8 km before the destination the pilot again checked the fuel quantity, which was reported to be 10 litres. This was assessed as adequate for the remainder of the flight. Shortly after, the engine failed and a forced landing was conducted. The paddock chosen appeared to be covered in smooth grass. During the landing roll a wheel struck a clump of the long grass and the aircraft nosed over, coming to rest inverted. Examination of the aircraft found that less than three litres of fuel were in the aircraft when the engine failed. The pilot was not aware that the fuel sight gauge was accurate only in flight. There was no mention of this in the aircraft manual. Factors: 1. The pilot had little experience on the aircraft type. 2. The engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. 3. A clump of grass caused the aircraft to nose over.
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General details
Date: 10 February 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:00 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Fuel exhaustion 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 09 August 1996 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pitts Aviation Enterprises 
Aircraft model: S-1E 
Aircraft registration: VH-JVP 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Watts Bridge QLD
Destination:Kingaroy QLD
 
 
 
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