Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150G, VH-RZD, Muresk WA, 20 September 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Earlier in the day the pilot had flown the aircraft from his farm to Muresk. Because no fuel was available at Muresk, he decided to fly the aircraft to Northam, 13 kilometres to the north. Just after the aircraft became airborne, the engine lost power. The pilot was committed to landing in a paddock. During the landing sequence the aircraft struck a fence and ran over a depressed roadway, tearing off the nosegear. The loss of engine power was due to fuel exhaustion. Prior to commencing the take off, the pilot did not check the quantity in the fuel tanks, nor did he calculate the remaining fuel endurance.

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General details
Date: 20 September 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Muresk    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 17 October 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-RZD  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Muresk WA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Northam WA