Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of power on take-off and forced landing involving Cessna 182, VH-DGF, Tooradin, Victoria on 6 January 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


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.

General details
Date: 06 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 10:45 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Tooradin   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182G  
Aircraft registration VH-DGF  
Serial number 18255755  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Destination Tooradin, Vic.  
Last update 18 November 2019