Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172F, VH-DFW, 5 km SW of Keeroongooloo Homestead QLD, 7 June 1982

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that while cattle-spotting at about 200 feet above ground level the engine lost power. He commenced a forced landing into a large clearing when, at about 30 feet, the engine regained power. He reported that he attempted to fly away but the aircraft sank, nose-down and left wing low, to the ground. Examination of the engine found no explanation for the reported loss of power. The left wingtip had scraped the ground for a distance of 28 metres, with the aircraft banked at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. The aircraft had then yawed left and cartwheeled for 65 metres before coming to rest. Damage to the propeller was consistent with the engine producing high power.

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General details
Date: 07 June 1982   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145    
Location: 5 km SW of Keeroongooloo Homestead    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 19 June 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-DFW  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Keeroongooloo Homestead QLD  
Departure time 1135  
Destination Keeroongooloo Homestead QLD  
Last update 03 June 2014