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Ditching - Cessna T210L, VH-LMT, 46 km north-east of Gurney, Papua New Guinea, 26 September 2010

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Status: Completed
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At about 0935 Papua New Guinea local time on 26 September 2010, a Cessna Company T210L aircraft, registered VH-LMT, was being operated on a private, visual flight rules, flight from Tufi to Gurney, Papua New Guinea with the pilot and four passengers on board. When the aircraft was about 46 km north-east of Gurney, the engine lost power and the pilot conducted a ditching into shallow water adjacent to a beach. The aircraft was reported to have sustained minor damage and none of the occupants were injured.

The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission delegated the conduct of the investigation to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 13 paragraph 5.1.

The ATSB did not conduct an on-site investigation into the occurrence and the aircraft was not salvaged due to the remote location and limited access to salvage resources. As a result, the evidence available was limited and precluded determination of the factor(s) related to the power loss.

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General details
Date: 26 September 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2320 UTC   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 46 km north-east of Gurney, Papua New Guinea    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 16 February 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-LMT  
Serial number 21060552  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Tufi, PNG  
Destination Gurney, PNG  
Last update 03 April 2020