Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182L, VH-EFM, 23 miles SW Marlborough, Qld, 29 March 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was cruising at about 1800 feet above sea level, just below cloud, when it suffered a sudden and complete loss of engine power. At the time it was over terrain which was hilly and tree covered and the only other area available for a landing was covered with small rocks. The pilot completed the correct emergency procedures but the engine would not restart and a forced landing was attempted on a rough steeply sloping area. After touching down on the rocky surface the starboard tyre burst and the brake line was severed and the aircraft then veered to the right and struck a tree.

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General details
Date: 29 March 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1445 EST    
Location: 23 miles SW Marlborough    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 08 October 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-EFM  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gordon  
Departure time 1432  
Destination Rockhampton  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 400 600
Last update 01 April 2011