On 3 May 2015, after a five-hour flight, a Cessna 210 aircraft, registered VH-BKD, arrived overhead Broome Airport and extensive fog. After circling for about 45 minutes searching for a break in the fog, the pilot conducted a low-level pass over the runway but was unable to sight the runway or land.

Moments later, the aircraft’s engine surged and spluttered. The pilot quickly changed the fuel selector to the other (left) tank, but the engine did not respond. The pilot conducted a forced landing, and the aircraft struck a dirt mound and slid across a dirt track, coming to rest in mangroves.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft was not injured, however the aircraft was substantially damaged.

The ATSB publication Starved and exhausted: Fuel management aviation accidents has information for pilots about similar incidents and strategies to avoid fuel exhaustion and starvation incidents.


Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 43

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