Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna Aircraft Company 150F, VH-DDQ

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on-scene investigation of this occurrence. The information presented below was obtained from information supplied to the Bureau.

At about 1130 Eastern Standard Time on 20 June 2004, the Cessna 150F departed runway 28 at Gladstone, Qld for a local flight. As the aircraft climbed through 200 ft above ground level, the engine began to lose power. The pilot selected the fuel shutoff valve to OFF for a forced landing on a nearby road. During the landing, the aircraft's right wing struck an embankment and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The two occupants received minor injuries.

The pilot later reported that the aircraft had been washed about two hours before the flight, and had departed with 35 litres of fuel in the tanks. Meteorological information indicated that induction system icing was possible but it could not be verified. Similarly, the possibility of water contamination of the fuel system was considered, but could not be substantiated. The reason for the engine failure was not established.

General details
Date: 20 June 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1135 hours EST    
Location   (show map): Gladstone, Aero.    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing  
Release date: 03 September 2004   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-DDQ  
Serial number 15063461  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gladstone, QLD  
Departure time 1130 hours EST  
Destination Gladstone, QLD  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command 265.0 3000
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014