Investigation number
197101200
Occurrence date
Location
Tumbarumba
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
None

The aircraft was being flown at 100 feet above the ground for the purpose of spreading superphosphate. The
terrain was hilly and varied in nature from heavily timbered to open paddocks with scattered shade trees.
The aircraft was on the last run of a sortie and the hopper load had been almost completely discharged when
the engine suddenly ceased to develop power. The pilot gained what height was possible and made a brief
check of the engine controls and instruments but he was unable to diagnose the cause of the engine failure.
He searched for a place to land and realised that the only area offering a chance of success was to his right
and slightly ahead, but very close. He selected full flap and made an approach but noticed, as he neared the
field, that the speed was higher than normal for a glide approach. The touchdown was satisfactory but the pilot
was unable to stop the aircraft before it ran through a fence and into a tree lined creek. The aircraft
remained upright and there was no fire. The entrance door was distorted and jammed and the pilot evacuated
the aircraft through the area of the broken windscreen. The total length of the field was 800 feet.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Aricultural Strip
Destination
Aricultural Strip
Model
PL-12
Registration
VH-TRJ
Operation type
Aerial Work
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
Transavia Corp Pty Ltd
Departure time
1405