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Aircraft down at Moorabbin 22/06/2021


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The ABC is reporting an EFATO for the Piper PA-32-300 Six.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-22/light-plane-crash-at-heatherton/100234442

 

Here she is in better days - https://www.airhistory.net/photo/61428/VH-CWK

 

I'd have to opine she won't ever fly again. I trust the pilot makes a good recovery, it must have been very traumatic for him.

 

 

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Loss of power on the fourth circuit maybe. I see the elevator trim tab is in the full nose down position. One good thing is there should be a factual report from ATSB as to what actually happened. 

 

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37 minutes ago, Thruster88 said:

Loss of power on the fourth circuit maybe. I see the elevator trim tab is in the full nose down position. One good thing is there should be a factual report from ATSB as to what actually happened. 

 

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Sorry all the trim tab is in the correct position. On a stabilator it is referred to as an anti sero tab, my Musketeer has the same setup. The stabilator is in the nose up position in the picture, the tab is trying to return it to neutral.  

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Well that is one less Cherokee 6 that Rob (  KRviator  ) will be buying !   :-)  what speed do they stop flying (1 pob) ?

 

 

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Glen, the specs say 55kts flaps down full (40°), 62 kts flaps up. The main problem is, they're a heavy beast, probably close on 1000kgs with one POB and some fuel - that makes for ground effect having little input, when you're coming down hard.

 

http://www.airmart.com/sites/default/files/Piper Cherokee 6-260 AND 6-300 Performance and Specs.pdf

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Thanks  OneTrack
No fire is a testament to good aircraft design , and likely pilot shutting stuff off- if he had time ) ...

(unless there was no fire because he had no fuel...)

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With a 1978 build aircraft with Bendix fuel injection, you'd have to have a good guess at a fuel supply fault in the injection system, being high on the list of places to look for the cause of the engine failure.

 

One would hope it wasn't a case of simply running out of fuel - but it has happened plenty of times in the past, and no doubt, it will (and does) continue to happen.

 

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2021/06/fuel-starvation-cessna-182e-skylane.html

 

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Back in the 90s our club had a Cherokee 6 & it had an engine failure on takeoff from Great Barrier island, went into some scrub, everyone got out just before the fire took hold. It burned to a crisp along with about 5 acres of scrub. The wreckage was there for yonks.

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Heatherton would place the aircraft generally here in relation to 17/35 or 13/31WDHEATHERTON.thumb.JPG.e6587c2fa0c89d0085255ec0edb57164.JPG

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Thankfully it was a northerly wind. Otherwise not much options down between factories...

Good news is that pilot survived.

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Some good words here from the Mayor of Kingston, Steve Staikos. Steve and now retired Councillor Rosemary West have kept a watch on the Airport to try to minise the damage done by the large warehouses, but the Commonwealth's actions in giving 99 year leases on Commonwealth Zoning means they have to motivate airport management to do the right thing rather than order demolition.

 

 

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/light-plane-crashes-in-heatherton-20210622-p5836i.html

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