Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine power loss - Cessna 206G aircraft, VH-LAN near William Creek ALA, Lake Eyre, SA, 23 August 2011

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 23 August 2011, at about 1145 CST, a Cessna Aircraft Company model U206G aircraft, registered VH-LAN, was conducting a charter flight from Olympic Dam to William Creek Aircraft Landing Area (ALA) near Lake Eyre, South Australia, with the pilot and five passengers aboard, incurred an engine power loss. As a result, the pilot conducted a forced landing onto a dry lake bed. During the landing, the aircraft nose wheel sunk into the soft ground and the aircraft nosed-over with the propeller blades and left wing tip contacting the ground, then settled onto the landing gear. There were no injuries to the occupants who exited the aircraft without incident. Subsequent examination revealed that one engine cylinder had failed.

As a result of this accident, the operator chose to remove from service all engine cylinders provided by the specific manufacturer.

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General details
Date: 23 August 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Near William Creek ALA, Lake Eyre    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 14 March 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-LAN  
Serial number U20606574  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Birdsville, Qld  
Destination William Creek, SA  
Last update 14 November 2018