Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ditching involving a Beech Aircraft Corp 35, VH-ANU, Moruya, NSW on 22 January 1994

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot left Canberra for Moruya with 70 litres of fuel on board which he reported was evenly distributed in the two wing tanks. He flew to Moruya with the left tank selected and reported that the flight took 40-45 minutes. After a brief stop at Moruya he taxiied for the return trip. Pretakeoff checks were completed while taxying, one of the final checks being selection of the right wing tank for the return trip. The taxi route involved back-tracking along the main north/south runway. As there were two other aircraft inbound, one of which was already in the circuit for runway 18, the pilot expedited his taxying and decided to take off using approximately 1000 metres of the 1523 metre runway. He made a left turn on the runway and immediately applied take-off power. Shortly after the aircraft became airborne the engine stopped. The pilot established the aircraft in a glide and landed it in the water in the Moruya River. The cause of the engine failure was not determined.
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General details
Date: 22 January 1994   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 14:39 ESuT    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Ditching  
Release date: 29 March 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 35  
Aircraft registration VH-ANU  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Moruya NSW  
Destination Canberra ACT