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The aircraft departed Brick House Station for a sheep mustering flight and, after ninety minutes, was landed on a clay pan. Twenty minutes later the aircraft was reboarded to resume the aerial mustering. The pilot taxied the aircraft at a fast speed in a prolonged turn before he applied full power upon reaching his selected take-off direction. When the airspeed was approximately 60 knots and as the pilot was about to lift-off, a sudden and complete loss of engine power occurred. Despite application of brakes, the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft before it reached the edge of the clay pan and entered the light scrub. During the investigation the engine was started normally and an examination of the fuel system did not reveal any abnormalities.
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General details
Date: 27 July 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0945 WST  
Location:Claypan near Carnarvon Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 26 August 1970  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DPH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Claypan
Departure time:0945
Destination:Brick House Station
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