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Engine failure and forced landing involving Cessna 210, VH-TWD, 111 km SE Halls Creek, WA on 28 November 2014

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Status: Completed
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On 28 November 2014, as Cessna 210 aircraft registered VH-TWD was being operated on a charter flight from Broome, Western Australia with a pilot and four passengers on board.

The aircraft landed at Fitzroy Crossing to refuel before continuing to Balgo Hill, Western Australia where three of the passengers disembarked. The aircraft then departed for Ringer Soak ALA, Western Australia where the remaining passenger was due to disembark.

About 25 NM from Ringer Soak while cruising at 5,500 ft above mean sea level, the pilot noticed a low oil pressure indication. He reported that all other engine instruments were within normal parameters, so he elected to continue and assess the situation at Ringer Soak.

Shortly after, the pilot detected a burning smell in the cockpit followed by a loud bang from the engine. The pilot immediately commenced the memory items from the emergency checklist and configured the aircraft for an optimum glide. He broadcast a MAYDAY on the area frequency and selected a suitable forced landing area from amongst the predominately thick scrub. After touchdown with the gear retracted, the aircraft slid to a stop and the pilot and passenger exited the aircraft.

The pilot retrieved first aid items and emergency rations and the GPS and set up a temporary shelter under the wing until assistance arrived.

This was the aircraft’s first operational flight after maintenance for excessive oil consumption.

Post-accident, the operator made several changes to the company standard operating procedures. These changes included restricting the distance from home base that aircraft being monitored for such issues are allowed to operate.

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General details
Date: 28 November 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1235 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 111 Km SE Halls Creek    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 10 June 2015   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210N  
Aircraft registration VH-TWD  
Serial number 21064356  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Balgo Hill, WA  
Destination Ringer Soak, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018