Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel exhaustion involving Cessna 172M, VH-TUX, 72 km S Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, Western Australia, on 5 January 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating the fuel exhaustion and subsequent forced landing of a Cessna 172M, registered VH-TUX, that occurred approximately 72 km south of Kalgoorlie on 5 January 2018.

The single-engine aircraft, with a pilot and one passenger onboard, was returning to Kalgoorlie-Boulder airport after completing fire spotting duties when the engine RPM reduced to idle. The pilot was unable to restart the engine which required a subsequent forced landing in scrubland. The aircraft sustained minor damage. There were no injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons, including the pilot and obtain other necessary information.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 05 January 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1555 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, S 72 km   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Fuel exhaustion  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172M  
Aircraft registration VH-TUX  
Serial number 17263713  
Operator Goldfields Air Services  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, WA  
Destination Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, WA  
Last update 24 December 2018