ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213754
Last updated: 6 December 2019
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:25-JUN-1972
Time:10:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-260 Commanche
Owner/operator:Chieftain Aviation Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-TMB
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Pennant Hills Golf Course, Pennant Hills, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:YSBK
Destination airport:YSBK
Investigating agency: BASI
Narrative:
On the day prior to the accident the aircraft was flown for approximately 3 hours and, although the pilot on that occasion noted the defect which gave a continuous 'Full' indication in respect of the selected fuel tank, the defect was not recorded on the aircraft documents. The aircraft was not refuelled after the flight and it is probable that approximately 30 gallons of fuel, sufficient for 2 hours flying at normal consumption rate, remained including 7 gallons in the left main tank and 14 gallons in the right main tank. Shortly after passing Hornsby at an altitude of 2,000 feet and some 30 minutes after departure the engine surged and ran roughly and this was followed by total loss of power. He then prepared to make a forced landing on a nearby golf course fairway, the most suitable area for the purpose within gliding distance.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1972/aair/aair197201261/
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24599/197201261.pdf

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


Images:


Photo: BASI

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jul-2018 07:13 Pineapple Added
15-Nov-2018 19:31 harro Updated [Photo]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description