Incident Piper PA-24 VH-COM, Tuesday 12 January 1988
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Date:Tuesday 12 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-24
Registration: VH-COM
MSN: 24-97
Year of manufacture:1958
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:St George, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:near Bollon, QLD
Destination airport:YTWB
Investigating agency: BASI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft was cruising normally at 7000 feet when the engine failed without warning. The pilot carried out checks and attempted to restart the engine without success. During the ensuing forced landing the pilot prematurely turned off the master switch, therefore, the wheels did not extend when he selected gear down. The engine failure was caused by the separation of crankshaft idler gear teeth due to high cycle low stress fatigue which had initiated from pre-existing overload cracks at the base of the teeth.

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


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