On 21 May 2009, the pilot of a Piper PA-31 Navajo, registered VH-WAL, was conducting a flight under the instrument flight rules from Albury, NSW to Canberra, ACT with one passenger on board. Approximately half way through the flight, the pilot became concerned about the quantity of fuel remaining and subsequently conducted a precautionary landing 50 km south-west of Canberra. There was no reported damage to the aircraft or injuries to the occupants.
The aircraft operator has advised the ATSB that, as a result of this occurrence, it has implemented a requirement for all of its pilots to use a documented fuel plan in all circumstances when flying from one location to another.
|Date:||21 May 2009||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1520 EST||Investigation level:||Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Canberra Aerodrome, 50 km|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Fuel - Other|
|Release date:||14 December 2009||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Minor|
|Departure point||Albury, NSW|