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The ATSB is investigating an engine failure and forced landing of a Piper PA-28-181, registered VH-BDB, 15 km West South West of Bankstown Airport, New South Wales, on 19 September 2017.

During the flight, the engine failed and the pilot conducted a forced landing in a paddock, contacting a fence and trees. The pilot received minor injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 19 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1504 AEST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):15 km WSW of Bankstown Airport Occurrence type:Engine failure or malfunction 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Minor 
Expected completion: January 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28-181 
Aircraft registration: VH-BDB 
Serial number: 2843425 
Operator: Vectra Holdings 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown Airport, NSW
Destination:Bankstown Airport, NSW
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Last update 12 December 2017