Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 177, VH-DZS, Elmore, Vic, 26 December 1970

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Status: Completed
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The pilot had flown various Cessna types of aircraft but his experience on the Cessna 177 type was limited. The Cessna 177 differs from the other types which the pilot had flown in that it has a fuel shut-off selector located near the carburettor heat control. After taking off from an authorised landing area on the property of one of his passengers the pilot decided to land in another nearby field. At about 500 feet on final approach he selected what he thought was carburettor heat and shortly afterwards there was a complete loss of engine power. He then prepared to make a forced landing into a nearer field and during a subsequent cockpit check found that he had inadvertently operated the fuel shut-off instead of the carburettor heat. The fuel was selected on, the engine re-started and the pilot applied full power with the intention of abandoning the landing. The nose leg then struck and was damaged by a power wire of which the pilot was not aware. The aircraft was landed straight ahead and the nose leg collapsed when it contacted the ground.
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General details
Date: 26 December 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1740 EST    
Location: Elmore    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 15 July 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 177  
Aircraft registration VH-DZS  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Elmore  
Departure time 1730  
Destination Elmore  
Last update 16 May 2014