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The aircraft took off from Carbla Station at 0600 for the purpose of mustering sheep about 5 miles west of the strip. At about 0800, with the left fuel tank selected and while turning right at a height of approximately 50 feet above the ground, the engine lost all power. The pilot levelled the aircraft and being unable to restore engine power, lowered full flap and carried out a forced landing straight ahead on lightly timbered level ground. Soon after touch down both main wheels struck tree roots and the aircraft overturned.
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General details
Date: 23 March 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0800 WST  
Location:Carbla Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 30 December 1971 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-18 
Aircraft registration: VH-PYK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Carbla Station
Departure time:0600
Destination:Carbla Station
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