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The aircraft was refuelled before the flight in circumstances such that some fuel transfer between tanks may have taken place. This would have resulted in a slight reduction in the total fuel carried, but allowance for normal fuel reserves would have adequately provided for this contingency. The pilot considered, from past experience of the type of operation and the power settings to be used, that the total endurance of the aircraft would be 5 hours based on the full capacity of the tanks. After some 4 hours 40 minutes flying time the aircraft was returning to Yanrey Station and was at a height of about 800 feet above terrain, when the engine failed. The pilot noted that the fuel pressure was zero and he changed the fuel tank selection from "Left" to "Both", turned on the fuel booster pump and checked that the fuel shut off valve was in the "On" position. The engine did not regain power and the pilot carried out a forced landing in the only cleared area within gliding distance. Towards the end of the landing roll the port mainplane struck a small tree, causing the aircraft to veer to the left as it came to rest. Damage was confined to the outer leading edge of the port mainplane. Subsequent to the landing, both fuel gauges were found to be reading 2 gallons, but there was no available fuel in the tanks.
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General details
Date: 16 April 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130 WST  
Location:Yanrey Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 23 August 1971  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 177 
Aircraft registration: VH-DZK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:near Yanrey Station
Departure time:1130 WST
Destination:Yanrey Station
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