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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75135
Last updated: 19 November 2019
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Time:06:55 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 210N
Registration: VH-RWL
C/n / msn: 2050187
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:6 miles S of Mayborough, Queensland -   Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Archerfield, Brisbane, Queensland (BNE/YBAF)
Destination airport:Pialba, Queensland
On 9 May 1969, when at a position about six miles south of Maryborough, and at a height of about 3,000 feet, the aircraft suffered a complete loss of engine power. The pilot chose to force land on the local golf course but, to do this, it was necessary to make a downwind approach over a power line and trees.

The pilot forced the aircraft on to the ground immediately after clearing the obstacles so as to obtain braking effect as soon as possible since there were houses at the far end of the landing area. The nose wheel struck a grass bank at the point of touchdown and the nose wheel and fork broke off.

The aircraft bounced and then slid on the collapsed nose strut and main wheels coming to rest after a swing to the left of 80 degrees. The fatigue failure of the studs and through bolts was compatible with lack of adequate pre-load applied by the respective nuts

ATSB Conclusion: The cause of the accident was that, following a complete loss of engine power at a height and in a position from which there was a very limited choice of landing areas, the pilot selected an area which was unsuitable in the prevailing wind conditions




Photo of VH-RWL courtesy

Sydney - Bankstown (YSBK / BWU)
31 October 1970; (c) David Carter

Revision history:

14-Jun-2010 21:23 Petro Added
23-Jun-2010 14:01 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Narrative]
05-Apr-2014 19:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2014 19:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
21-Jun-2014 19:37 StevoAUST Updated [Total occupants]

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