The ATSB is investigating a loss of engine power on take-off and forced landing involving a Cessna 182, registered VH-DGF, at Tooradin, Victoria, on 6 January 2019.
The aircraft was being used for parachuting operations, with a pilot and four parachutists on board. The pilot reported that soon after take-off, at about 400 ft above the ground, the engine sustained a sudden power loss.
After being unable to resolve the problem, the pilot conducted a forced landing in a nearby paddock. During the forced landing, the aircraft collided with trees and a fence, which resulted in substantial damage.
There were no reported injuries.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and other occupants, review video footage, and obtain aircraft maintenance and inspection records.
A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.
Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.
|Date:||06 January 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||10:45 ESuT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Tooradin||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Expected completion:||2nd Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Sports Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|