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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.

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General details
Date: 22 September 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1351 WST  
Location   (show map):Kalumburu Airport  Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Fuel starvation 
Release date: 12 December 2011 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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