‘Partial power loss’ to blame for fatal Gold Coast plane crash

THE AUSTRALIAN Transport Safety Bureau has released a report into the fatal crash landing of a vintage plane in Pimpama in 2015.

It has found the DH82A Tiger Moth suffered crucial power loss 27 seconds into the 20-minute local adventure flight on December 28.

“The pilot (Ryan Campbell) observed a change in engine nose and a reduction in engine RPM,” the ATSB report states.


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“The pilot assessed that, as the aircraft still had partial power, he would make a left turn and return to the airfield to land.

“Following this decision, the aircraft’s performance deteriorated further so he attempted to perform a forced landing in a cleared area.

“Soon after he started the turn, however, the aircraft stalled and began to enter a left spin.

“The pilot recalled applying full right rudder in an attempt to stop the spin but the aircraft collided with the ground.

The passenger, who was in the Tiger Moth’s front seat, was fatally injured.

After regaining consciousness nine minutes after the crash, the 21-year-old pilot, who was already an experienced pilot at the time, called triple zero. He later recovered from serious injuries.

As a result of the report, the ATSB is urging pilots to take time before the take off to consider their options and actions in the event of a partial power loss.

The Bureau believes this could be the difference between life and death.

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