Investigation number
AO-2024-008
Occurrence date
Location
6 km east of Bathurst Airport
State
New South Wales
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Fuel exhaustion
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a fuel exhaustion event involving an Aero Commander 500-S, VH-MEH, about 6 km east of Bathurst Airport, New South Wales on 8 March 2024.

During climb, both engines failed due to fuel exhaustion and the pilot conducted a forced landing in a paddock.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve interviewing the flight crew, reviewing recorded data, and the collection of other relevant information.

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

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Bathurst Airport
Destination
Bankstown Airport
Model
500-S
Serial number
3258
Sector
Piston
Registration
VH-MEH
Operation type
Part 135 Air transport operations - smaller aeroplanes
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Aero Commander
Aircraft Operator
General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd