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During the first circuit of the training period the pilot completed the turn onto base leg of the circuit at about 800-1000 feet and then selected what he believed was the carburettor heat control. He then closed the throttle to make a gliding approach with 8° of flap lowered. At a height of 150 to 100 feet when slightly undershooting the pilot opened the throttle but the engine failed to respond. He then closed and opened the throttle again without result and he checked that the fuel and fuel pump were both selected "ON". Before he could check the carburettor heat, the cabin heat and the mixture controls, all of which are similar in appearance and operation, he was obliged to concentrate on the imminent landing in a paddock short of the strip. The aircraft touched down, bounced over a shallow ditch and then struck a fence and trees. Although the aircraft was substantially damaged, the engine was not damaged and a subsequent examination of it revealed no defect. Ambient conditions were conducive to carburettor icing.
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General details
Date: 23 February 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0930 WST  
Location:Narrogin West Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 28 April 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Victa Ltd 
Aircraft model: 100 
Aircraft registration: VH-MVC 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Narrogin West
Departure time:0925
Destination:Narrogin West
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