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On 3 April 2008, a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six aircraft, registered VH-ZMP, lost engine power shortly after takeoff from Brampton Island, Qld and ditched into the sea. The pilot and the four passengers evacuated the aircraft before it sank and were later recovered by rescue helicopter. The engine power loss was consistent with fuel starvation.

Following the event, the aircraft operator amended Cherokee Six fuel procedures to require a minimum of 30 L of fuel in the selected fuel tank for any take off.

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General details
Date: 03 April 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1410 EST  
Location   (show map):Brampton Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Fuel starvation 
Release date: 20 March 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZMP 
Serial number: 32-7440019 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Brampton Island Qld
Departure time:14:10 EST
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Minor: 1102
None: 0303
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Last update 14 November 2018