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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208272
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177
Registration: VH-DZE
C/n / msn: 17700183
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:18km NW of Borroloola, NT -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:YPTN
Destination airport:YBRL
Investigating agency: BASI
The aircraft was en route from Tindal to Borroloola when it encountered stronger headwinds than expected, so the pilot allowed the left fuel tank to run dry in order to maximise endurance before changing to the right tank, the contents gauge of which indicated about 6 US gallons remaining. A few minutes later, the engine failed. Although the pilot carried out all the necessary emergency procedures, he was unable to restore power. He transmitted "Mayday" calls on the Area and CTAF frequencies, then looked for a suitable area to conduct a forced landing. As there were no suitable areas within gliding range available he elected to stall the aircraft into the treetops. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot sustained minor injuries.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-DZE courtesy

Sydney - Bankstown (YSBK / BWU)
September 1969; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

27-Mar-2018 09:15 Pineapple Added

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