Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transavia PL-12 Airtruk, VH-TRJ, Tumbarumba, NSW, 17 January 1971

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Status: Completed
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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.
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General details
Date: 17 January 1971   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1410 EST    
Location: Tumbarumba    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 25 June 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-TRJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Aricultural Strip  
Departure time 1405  
Destination Aricultural Strip  
Last update 01 April 2011