Aviation safety investigations & reports

Victa Airtourer 115, VH-RSI, Pelican Field (Lakes Entrance) VIC, 6 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Shortly after a normal take-off, the pilot sensed that the engine was not delivering full power and the passenger commented that he could detect rough running. The pilot attempted to reach a clear area ahead, but the aircraft collided with 3 metre high scrub while in a nose-high attitude. It then spun through 180 degrees before coming to rest about 10 metres from the initial impact point. A fire broke out which destroyed most of the fuselage and part of the wings. The investigation was hampered by the degree of fire damage, however no fault was found with the engine which might have explained the reported loss of power. Atmospheric conditions were conducive to carburettor icing, but whether this had in fact occurred could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 06 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Pelican Field (Lakes Entrance)    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 11 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Victa Ltd  
Aircraft model 115  
Aircraft registration VH-RSI  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Pelican Field VIC  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Trafalgar VIC