Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel starvation involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28-161, VH-LBL, 19km N King Island, Aerodrome, TAS on 13 January 1996

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that while cruising at 1,000 ft the engine started to make unusual noises. He decided to make a precautionary landing on a beach. During the landing roll the aircraft entered soft sand. The nosegear broke off and the propeller was bent. An inspection after the accident found one fuel tank was empty. No fault was found with the engine. A new nosegear and propeller was fitted, the engine was run and the aircraft was flown off the beach and returned to its base.
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General details
Date: 13 January 1996   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 12:00 ESuT    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Fuel starvation  
Release date: 18 January 1996   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28-161  
Aircraft registration VH-LBL  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point King Island Tas  
Destination King Island Tas