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Engine failure - Cessna U206F, VH-TZV, 4.5 km N Gladstone Aerodrome Qld, 12 August 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 12 August 2010, a Cessna Aircraft Company U206F aircraft, registered VH-TZV, was conducting parachuting operations near Gladstone, Queensland. Soon after takeoff, as the aircraft was climbing through 1,000 ft, the aircraft's engine lost power.

The pilot was unable to restart the engine and conducted an emergency landing in a field. The aircraft was significantly damaged and some of the occupants sustained serious injuries.

The reason for the engine failure could not be determined.

Pilots should consider the effect an in-flight engine failure at low altitude would have on the time available to manage the failure and identify a suitable forced landing area. In this instance, the pilot was able complete some emergency checks and turn the aircraft away from a water course in an  attempt to conduct a forced landing on a gravel road. It is likely that this action positively influenced the outcome for the occupants of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 12 August 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1043 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 4.5 km N Gladstone Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 28 January 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-TZV  
Serial number U20602304  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Gladstone, Qld  
Destination Gladstone, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018