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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the forced landing of a GA-8 Airvan aircraft which occurred approximately seven kilometres north of the Bellburn airstrip in the Purnululu National Park – Bungle Bungles, Western Australia on 14 May 2018.

During the flight, it has been reported the engine ran rough and subsequently lost power, resulting in the crew conducting a forced landing in an inaccessible area.

As part of the investigation, ATSB Transport Safety Investigators will interview the pilot and other witnesses, examine maintenance records amongst other activities.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 14 May 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0830 UTC Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):7 km NW of Bellburn Airstrip (Bungle Bungles) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: GA-8 
Aircraft registration: VH-BFL 
Serial number: GA8-06-107 
Operator: Shoal Air 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
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Last update 08 November 2018