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The student pilot was flying the Beechcraft Bonanza on a solo navigation exercise from Jandakot to Narrogin and Merredin before returning to Jandakot via Perth. The aircraft departed at about 1300 WST and was due to land at Jandakot about 2 hours later. The pilot reported that during the approach to Jandakot, he levelled the aircraft at 1,000 ft and set power to maintain the altitude. He then completed the pre-landing checks and lowered the flaps to slow the aircraft. Soon after lowering the flaps, he noted that the engine rpm was rapidly dropping. He reported that he opened the throttle and conducted the appropriate checks but the engine did not respond. The pilot transmitted a Mayday and decided to attempt a forced landing in an open patch of ground in the Canning Vale area. He then turned off the aircraft's fuel and electrical systems.

Avoiding parked trucks and buildings, the pilot landed the aircraft in a parking area of the Caning Vale Markets. The aircraft slid 15 m before hitting an unoccupied temporary building and coming to rest. The building was destroyed, the aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.

The post-accident inspection of the aircraft revealed that there was a substantial amount of fuel in both wing tanks but no fuel could be found in lines beyond the fuel selector valve. No fault was found with the aircraft's fuel system or engine.

Evidence was consistent with the engine sustaining fuel starvation and losing power but the investigation could not determine the reason for the fuel starvation.

General details
Date: 19 September 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1506 hours WST  
Location   (show map):Canning Vale Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 04 August 1999  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 33 
Aircraft registration: VH-SIO 
Serial number: CE-1329 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jandakot, WA
Departure time:1255 hours WST
Destination:Jandakot, WA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Minor: 1001
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