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During a night flight engine failure appeared imminent and pilot elected to land in a clear area near a farmhouse. Weather conditions were reported to be fine with bright moonlight. After circling the area twice at low level the aircraft approached to land with the gear extended and landing lights on. The aircraft subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose down, right wing down attitude. As there was no runway lights installed at the departure aerodrome, the pilot had been anxious to begin the flight before last light. After he had submitted a flight plan he completed a preflight inspection of the aircraft but omitted to accurately determine that the fuel available was sufficient for the flight. Shortly after commencing descent to the destination airport the engine ran roughly and the pilot elected to land on a cleared area adjacent to homestead lights he could see below. The aircraft stalled on late final probably due to the pilot misjudging the landing flare.

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General details
Date: 24 June 1980 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1910 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:"Noorooma" Station, 77 km North Brewarrina  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 21 June 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 36 
Aircraft registration: VH-CSS 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mitchell QLD
Departure time:1735
Destination:Bourke NSW
 
 
 
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