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The aircraft was cruising at about 1800 feet above sea level, just below cloud, when it suffered a sudden and complete loss of engine power. At the time it was over terrain which was hilly and tree covered and the only other area available for a landing was covered with small rocks. The pilot completed the correct emergency procedures but the engine would not restart and a forced landing was attempted on a rough steeply sloping area. After touching down on the rocky surface the starboard tyre burst and the brake line was severed and the aircraft then veered to the right and struck a tree.

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General details
Date: 29 March 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1445 EST  
Location:23 miles SW Marlborough Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 08 October 1970  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-EFM 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gordon
Departure time:1432
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