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Engine failure - Townsville Airport, Queensland, 1 November 2006, VH-UBX, Cessna Aircraft Company 207

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 21 April 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 18 April 2018