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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  
Location   (show map):Near William Creek ALA, Lake Eyre Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Release date: 14 March 2012 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 15 November 2016