Aviation safety investigations & reports

Partial power loss involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-31, VH-UBA, Adelaide, Aerodrome, SA on 8 June 1998

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot of an arriving aircraft requested that emergency services be placed on standby, as his aircraft was experiencing engine surging in the right engine and he did not expect to make a normal approach. A short time later the aircraft made an uneventful landing and taxied to the general aviation terminal accompanied by a fire tender. An investigation was subsequently carried out by a maintenance organisation with no fault found. This included draining and testing 20 litres of fuel from both main tanks. No contamination problem that may have attributed to the engine surging could be identified. After engine ground runs to verify operations were within limits, the aircraft was returned to service.
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General details
Date: 08 June 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 18:02 CST    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 14 July 1998   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-31  
Aircraft registration VH-UBA  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Kingscote SA  
Destination Adelaide SA