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Prior to commencing a charter flight from Launceston to Flinders Island the pilot made a visual check of the fuel tanks and assessed that they were full. He was not aware that since the aircraft had been refuelled it had made a flight of 1 hour 45 minutes duration. On the return flight, approaching Launceston, the pilot was given landing instructions and when the aircraft was established on a visual descent, the engine failed. As he was only 1, 000 feet above unsuitable terrain, he turned towards the only suitable field in the area and attempted to restart the engine. Being unable to do so the pilot gave his attention to the forced landing and requested a wind velocity from Launceston Tower. Because of his position and altitude he elected to land downwind in the 15 knot wind, in the field previously selected. The aircraft touched down and rolled for a considerable distance before the pilot began a ground loop to avoid striking a fence across his path. This manoeuvre was only partly successful because of the damp grass and the aircraft struck a fence post and damaged the tail plane and rear fuselage.
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General details
Date: 14 October 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1114 EST  
Location:Launceston Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 15 April 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DIN 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Flinders Island
Departure time:1013
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