At 0720 Western Standard Time on 15 June 2011, a Piper Aircraft PA-46-310P Malibu, registered VH-FAL, departed from Doolgunna Station, on a private flight to Meekatharra WA, with the pilot and one passenger on board.
While on finals to land at Meekatharra, the pilot initiated a go-around due to another aircraft occupying the runway.
On the downwind leg of the second approach, the engine lost power and the aircraft impacted terrain about 500 m short of the runway threshold. Both occupants sustained injuries.
The pilot stated that his usual actions were to set the aircraft fuel selector to the fullest fuel tank for takeoff, then manage the fuel balance by appropriate tank selection during the flight. He stated that as this process was routine for him, he could not actually recall having made a change to the tank selection during the flight
To ensure the safe conduct of a flight, it is crucial that pilots establish a disciplined cockpit routine that covers all critical aspects of in-flight management.