GAS (In the Australian Outback)

Great Victoria DesertIt may be appropriate that the words “GAS” appear on the surface of the tail-plane of this Cessna 310 as it was a fuel issue that led to a forced landing in a remote area of Australia in 1993.

 The plane, which is situated a short-distance from the Anne Beadell Highway in the Great Victoria Desert, made a forced landing after the pilot ran out of height, and time, to trouble-shoot an engine failure whilst en-route to the goldfields area of West Australia.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Report, a contributing factor to the accident was a lack of knowledge and understanding of the aircraft’s fuel system by the pilot.

And GAS? Goldfields Air Services…

Whilst the occupants were injured, no fatalities were suffered and these days the aircraft is a curiosity to many travelling this remote desert route.

Photo: Baz – The Landy

14 thoughts on “GAS (In the Australian Outback)

  1. Casper June 9, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    Really interesting, and a great shot. Is there any way, you can give a quick guide or location on the wreckage? I’d really love to check it out! Cheers


  2. MikeW August 6, 2014 / 12:49 am

    That’s the beginning of a book, Baz. Don’t know why, it just seems like it.


    • barbara grandberg August 6, 2014 / 1:18 am

      i’m looking forward to reading your book :}

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      • MikeW August 6, 2014 / 1:19 am

        I hope Baz writes one. That’d be a solid tale of adventure.


    • Baz - The Landy August 6, 2014 / 7:53 am

      Yes, and I can picture that myself, as I am also a pilot (don’t fly these days!)


  3. NancyTex August 6, 2014 / 12:29 am

    GAS owners were not required to eventually remove it?


    • Baz - The Landy August 6, 2014 / 7:52 am

      And that is a good question and has prompted me to find out why that wasn’t the case!


      • NancyTex August 6, 2014 / 9:39 am

        I shall await your findings!


  4. August 5, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    The color of the sand is always so astounding!

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  5. Gallivanta August 5, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I hope there are not too many sights like that littering the outback. 😦


  6. Lavinia Ross August 5, 2014 / 9:49 am

    The orange-red soil color is quite striking, no matter how many photos I have seen! An interesting outdoor museum of sorts, with the wrecked aircraft.

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