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The engine suffered a gradual power loss after take-off until the aircraft could no longer sustain level flight. During the subsequent attempted forced landing the aircraft stalled while the pilot was attempting to avoid obstructions. The only defect found on examination of the engine was a loose connection in the high tension lead from the left magneto to the number 1 cylinder. This, by itself, should not have caused as great a loss of power as was reported by the pilot. The aircraft was overloaded by some 70 kg and this would have contributed to the reduction in aircraft performance.

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General details
Date: 14 February 1982 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0955  
Location:Mareeba Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 20 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PYA 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mareeba QLD
Departure time:954
Destination:Mareeba QLD
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