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The aircraft was operating over hilly and moderately timbered terrain in which any cleared areas were fenced into small paddocks about 100 yards square. While conducting a procedure turn at about 100 feet to reverse the aircraft heading, the pilot experienced a complete loss of engine power. He conducted an abbreviated trouble check before attempting to land the aircraft on the most suitable area. The aircraft struck a barbed wire fence at the approach end of a small paddock and after rolling for about 100 yards with the brakes fully applied, the pilot used the sloping ground to assist him in a 290 degree ground loop to the right. During his manoeuvre the tail wheel fork failed. The aircraft fuel tank was found to contain one pint of fuel whereas the contents gauge indicated that eight gallons remained.
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General details
Date: 18 February 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0815 TST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Preolenna  
State: Tasmania  
Release date: 09 February 1971 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-BSB 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Agricultural Strip
Departure time:0810
Destination:Agricultural Strip
 
 
 
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