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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.

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General details
Date: 21 May 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1520 EST  
Location   (show map):Canberra Aerodrome, 50 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Fuel - Other 
Release date: 14 December 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31 
Aircraft registration: VH-WAL 
Serial number: 31-7300943 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Albury, NSW
Destination:Canberra, ACT
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Last update 14 November 2018