Aviation safety investigations & reports

Forced/precautionary landing involving a Air Tractor Inc AT-301, VH-HKC, Padthaway, SA on 21 December 1993

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Shortly after takeoff for the third aerial agriculture flight of the day, the pilot reported that the engine began to lose power. The pilot dumped the load, then after several unsuccessful attempts to regain power, landed the aircraft in a paddock. During the landing roll, soft ground was encountered and the aircraft overturned. The engine was later run on a testbed but no faults were found. The weather at the time of the accident was humid, with a temperature of 23-25 degrees Celsius, which may have contributed to carburettor icing.

General details
Date: 21 December 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 16:00 CSuT    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing  
Release date: 14 June 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Air Tractor Inc  
Aircraft model AT-301  
Aircraft registration VH-HKC  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Padthaway SA  
Destination Padthaway SA