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The ATSB is investigating the fuel exhaustion and subsequent forced landing of a Cessna 172M, registered VH-TUX, that occurred approximately 72 km south of Kalgoorlie on 5 January 2018.

The single-engine aircraft, with a pilot and one passenger onboard, was returning to Kalgoorlie-Boulder airport after completing fire spotting duties when the engine RPM reduced to idle. The pilot was unable to restart the engine which required a subsequent forced landing in scrubland. The aircraft sustained minor damage. There were no injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons, including the pilot and obtain other necessary information.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 05 January 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1555 WST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, S 72 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Fuel exhaustion 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172M 
Aircraft registration: VH-TUX 
Serial number: 17263713 
Operator: Goldfields Air Services 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, WA
Destination:Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, WA
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Last update 03 December 2018