Aviation safety investigations & reports

Total power loss - Cessna 206, VH-SHZ, 93 km SE of Kalumburu Airport, WA, 22 September 2011

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Download Final Report - Bulletin
[Download  PDF: 5.43MB]

On 22 September 2011, at about 1317 hours Western Standard Time (WST), a Cessna Aircraft model U206G (C206), registered VH-SHZ, departed Kalumburru Aerodrome, Western Australia (WA) with the pilot and six passengers on the return leg of a charter flight returning to Wyndham, WA. Following climb-out and in level flight at 5,500 ft above mean sea level (AMSL), the engine shutdown without warning. At the time of the engine shutdown, the right wing fuel tank was selected and the right fuel quantity gauge indicated less that ¼ tank.

The pilot actioned emergency procedures including switching fuel tanks and, at about 2,000 ft above mean sea level, the engine restarted. The flight continued on uneventfully and the aircraft landed at Wyndham. Post-flight inspection revealed that the pilot had not properly secured the right wing fuel tank filler cap following refuelling that morning, resulting in fuel venting from the right tank.

Download Final Report - Bulletin
[Download  PDF: 5.43MB]
General details
Date: 22 September 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1351 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Kalumburu Airport    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Fuel starvation  
Release date: 12 December 2011   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-SHZ  
Serial number U20603726  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Kalumburu, WA  
Destination Wyndham, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018