On 17 July 2008, at approximately 0915 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Piper Navajo PA-31 aircraft, registered VH-IHR, was en route from Century Mine, Qld to Mt Isa, Qld when the left engine lost power. Shortly after, the right engine lost power and the pilot attempted to land the aircraft in sparsley wooded bushland about 4 km from the Barkly Highway. The pilot received serious injuries and the aircraft was seriously damaged.
A subsequent check of the aircraft found that the loss of power to both engines was due to fuel starvation.
|Date:||17 July 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||0950 EST||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Mount Isa Aero 342 deg/24 km|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Fuel starvation|
|Release date:||02 April 2009||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Century Mine, Qld|
|Destination||Mount Isa, Qld|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|