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When at a position about six miles south of Maryborough and at a height of about 3, 000 feet, the aircraft suffered a complete loss of engine power. The pilot chose to force land on the local golfcourse but, to do this, it was necessary to make a down wind approach over a power line and trees. The pilot forced the aircraft on to the ground immediately after clearing the obstacles so as to obtain braking effect as soon as possible since there were houses at the far end of the landing area. The nosewheel struck a grass bank at the point of touchdown and the nosewheel and fork broke off. The aircraft bounced and then slid on the collapsed nose strut and main wheels coming to rest after a swing to the left of 80 degrees. The fatigue failure of the studs and through bolts was compatible with lack of adequate pre-load applied by the respective nuts.

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General details
Date: 09 May 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0655 EST  
Location:Maryborough Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 11 May 1970 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-RWL 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield
Departure time:0555
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