Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel Starvation, Piper Navajo PA-31, VH-IHR, 22 km north of Mount Isa, QLD, 17 July 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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.

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General details
Date: 17 July 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0950 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Mount Isa Aero 342 deg/24 km    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Fuel starvation  
Release date: 02 April 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-31  
Aircraft registration VH-IHR  
Serial number 31-8012077  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Century Mine, Qld  
Destination Mount Isa, Qld  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Unknown
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Serious: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 03 April 2020