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On the day prior to the accident the aircraft was flown for approximately 3 1/2 hours and, although the pilot on that occasion noted the defect which gave a continuous 'Full' indication in respect of the selected fuel tank, the defect was not recorded on the aircraft documents. The aircraft was not refuelled after the flight and it is probable that approximately 30 gallons of fuel, sufficient for 2 1/2 hours flying at normal consumption rate, remained including 7 gallons in the left main tank and 14 gallons in the right main tank. Shortly after passing Hornsby at an altitude of 2,000 feet and some 30 minutes after departure the engine surged and ran roughly and this was followed by total loss of power. He then prepared to make a forced landing on a nearby golf course fairway, the most suitable area for the purpose within gliding distance.
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General details
Date: 25 June 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1007 EST  
Location:Pennant Hills Golf Course Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 20 March 1973  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-TMB 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown
Departure time:0933
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