Aviation safety investigations & reports

American Air AA-5B, VH-IFL, Jandakot WA, 19 January 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot-under-check was conducting his first circuit in the aircraft as part of a conversion onto the type. On final approach he realised that he had not selected carburettor heat, and moved to apply this control. However, he inadvertently pulled out the mixture control and all engine power was lost. Both pilots tried to return the mixture control to the full rich position, but found that the control could not be moved. The approach was being conducted in strong wind conditions and the instructor assessed that the airfield was beyond safe gliding range. He took control and turned the aircraft towards a cleared area. However, the aircraft overshot this area and collided with trees before coming to rest in a ditch. Examination of the mixture control revealed that the cable had broken due to metal fatigue. However, the cause of this fatigue was not positively determined.

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General details
Date: 19 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1748 WST    
Location: Jandakot    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 15 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer American Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model AA-5  
Aircraft registration VH-IFL  
Serial number AA5B-0549  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jandakot WA  
Departure time 1700 WST  
Destination Jandakot WA