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The flight was planned from Deniliquin - Cootamundra - Bankstown with a time interval to Cootamundra of 96 minutes, and although the pilot indicated a fuel endurance of 300 minutes, the aircraft handling notes and an analysis of fuel consumptions based on refuellings since the aircraft left Sydney on 31 March, indicate that this figure was unrealistically high. The aircraft was being directed to Camden, when, at 1826 hours, the pilot reported that he was running out of fuel. The aircraft was ditched in Lake Burragorang.
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General details
Date: 03 April 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1834 EST  
Location:Lake Burragorang, near Camden Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Ditching 
Release date: 12 October 1972  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-KOT 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cootamundra
Departure time:1640
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