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.
|Date:||03 April 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1410 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|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 manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Brampton Island Qld|
|Departure time||14:10 EST|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|