Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech Aircraft Corp F33A , VH-SIO

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing  
Release date: 04 August 1999   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Student/Passenger 18.3 117
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014