Incident Cessna 404 VH-BPM, Friday 20 December 1985
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Date:Friday 20 December 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic C404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 404
Registration: VH-BPM
MSN: 404-0010
Year of manufacture:1977
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Townsville Airport (YBTL), Garbutt, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:YBTL
Destination airport:YPAM
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
As the pilot was applying power at the commencement of the takeoff run, the right engine lost power. An explosion was then heard from the vicinity of the right engine. The pilot secured the engine and after stopping the aircraft, evacuated the passengers before leaving the aircraft himself. He then noticed a small fire under the right wing which he quelled with a fire extinguisher obtained from the aircraft. Investigation revealed a loose fuel line union in the right wing just outboard of the engine. This allowed fuel to leak into the wing where it pooled and the vapour was ignited by the hot exhaust gases. No record was found of any maintenance being carried out on the fuel line in question.

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


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

9 November 1987 VH-ANM 0 Peppimenarti Airport (YPEP), Peppimenarti, NT sub
30 July 1988 VH-ANM Hardy Aviation (NT) Pty Ltd 0 Darwin Airport (YPDN), Darwin, NT sub
22 July 2004 VH-ANM 0 Darwin Airport (YPDN), Darwin, NT min

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