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On 1 November 2006 at 1201 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Cessna Aircraft Company 207, registered VH-UBX, was on final approach to runway 07 at Townsville Airport, when the engine stopped. The pilot attempted to restart the engine, but was unsuccessful. To avoid the airport perimeter fence, the pilot elected to conduct a forced landing into an adjacent tidal swamp. The pilot landed the aircraft in the swamp and the aircraft sustained major damage. The pilot and three passengers were uninjured.

An inspection of the aircraft revealed that there was adequate fuel on board to complete the flight. Further investigation found several mechanical problems with the engine-driven fuel pump that were associated with foreign object debris and errors in maintenance.

The investigation identified safety issues with a third party maintenance provider's procedures and the operator's in-flight engine restart procedures.
As a result of this accident, the third party maintenance provider has made changes to its operation and recalled a number of pumps that were subject to unauthorised maintenance.

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General details
Date: 01 November 2006 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1215 EST  
Location   (show map):Townsville Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Release date: 21 April 2008 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 207 
Aircraft registration: VH-UBX 
Serial number: 20700138 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ingham, Qld
Departure time:1134
Destination:Townsville, Qld
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Last update 18 April 2018