Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna Aircraft 206, VH-NTT, Buymarr, NT, 15 March 2003

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Shortly after levelling off at 7500 ft, the engine of the Cessna 206 lost power. After establishing the aircraft in a glide, the pilot broadcast a MAYDAY and went through the emergency checks. As he pulled on the mixture control, it came out of the instrument panel. The pilot pushed it back into the panel and continued with the checks. As the aircraft descended, the pilot noticed an airstrip in a field to his left. After identifying the strip he notified Flight Watch of his intention to land there.

On final approach, the aircraft undershot and contacted trees at the end of the field. The aircraft touched down on all three wheels in the cleared area just short of the strip, before the left wheel hit a log resulting in the aircraft flipping upside down. The pilot was uninjured and climbed clear of the aircraft through the left door.

An inspection of the aircraft by maintenance engineers found that the mixture cable had failed at its crimped fitting, allowing the mixture control to move to a lean setting. This resulted in the engine shutting down. A major defect report was submitted to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

General details
Date: 15 March 2003   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600 hours CST    
Location   (show map): Buymarr    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Powerplant/propulsion - Other  
Release date: 20 May 2003   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-NTT  
Serial number U20601914  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bickerton Island, NT  
Departure time 1430 hours CST  
Destination Grove, NT  
Last update 30 May 2014