Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel starvation event involving Cessna 310, VH-JQK, near Sunshine Coast Airport, Queensland, on 18 August 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a fuel starvation event involving Cessna 310R, registered VH-JQK, that occurred on a training flight near Sunshine Coast Airport, Queensland, on 18 August 2022.

The flight was operating from Redcliffe Airport, Queensland, with a student pilot and instructor on board. They reported that during navigation training both engines began to surge. The flight crew declared MAYDAY and diverted to Sunshine Coast Airport.

During troubleshooting the flight crew changed selection of fuel tanks, and power was restored to both engines. The flight landed at Sunshine Coast Airport. On inspection, there was minimal fuel remaining in the auxiliary fuel tanks.

The investigation is continuing. A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 18 August 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:21 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sunshine Coast Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Fuel starvation  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2023    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 310R  
Aircraft registration VH-JQK  
Serial number 310R1355  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Redcliffe, Queensland  
Destination Redcliffe, Queensland  
Last update 24 August 2022