Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ditching - Brampton Island - 03 April 2008

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brampton Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Fuel starvation  
Release date: 20 March 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 5 566.8
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 1 1 0 2
None: 0 3 0 3
Total: 1 4 0 5
Last update 03 April 2020