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Total power loss - Victa Airtourer, VH-MTC, Hobart Tasmania, 4 April 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 4 April 2010, the pilot of a Victa Airtourer 115 aircraft, registered VH-MTC was conducting a private visual rules return flight from Cambridge Aerodrome, Tasmania. The flight consisted of some aerobatics, followed by some sight-seeing over Hobart.

At about 1020, after the pilot commenced the return to Cambridge, the engine suddenly lost all power. The pilot conducted a forced landing onto a nearby road, seriously damaging the aircraft. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured.

The investigation found that the power loss was due to exhaustion of the aircraft's fuel supply.

A number of safety issues were identified concerning the measurement of the quantity of fuel on board, and consumed before and during the flight. Those issues contributed to the pilot's belief that there was more fuel on board the aircraft than was actually the case.

As a result of this accident the aircraft's type certificate holder, aircraft owner's association and the aircraft's operator have undertaken a number of safety actions. Those actions include a number of pilot education initiatives and the amendment of the operator's maintenance processes to ensure compliance with all airworthiness directives.

In addition, the aircraft's type certificate holder is undertaking a number of enhancements in response to an unrelated Civil Aviation Safety Authority-initiated review of aspects of the aircraft's fuel system and concerns about the aircraft's original fuel system certification process.

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Safety Issues

Go to AO-2010-025-SI-01 - Go to AO-2010-025-SI-02 - Go to AO-2010-025-SI-03 -

Fuel dipstick methods

There was the potential for the incorrect use of the dipstick to result in the over-reading of the fuel quantity.

Safety issue details
Issue number: AO-2010-025-SI-01
Who it affects: Owners, operators and pilots of Victa Airtourer aircraft
Status: Adequately addressed

Aircraft's pilot operating handbook

Information contained in the approved flight manual and pilot's operating handbook was not applicable to the engine that was fitted to the aircraft.

Safety issue details
Issue number: AO-2010-025-SI-02
Who it affects: Owners, operators and pilots of Victa Airtourer aircraft
Status: Adequately addressed

Registered Operator's maintenance practices

The Registered Operator's maintenance control practices did not ensure compliance with all Airworthiness Directives.

Safety issue details
Issue number: AO-2010-025-SI-03
Who it affects: Owners, operators and pilots of Victa Airtourer aircraft
Status: Adequately addressed
General details
Date: 04 April 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1020 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Cambridge    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 14 December 2010   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 115  
Aircraft registration VH-MTC  
Serial number 112  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Cambridge, Tas.  
Destination Cambridge, Tas.  
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