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The pilot decided to divert to a nearby aerodrome because the fuel gauges indicated a low fuel quantity remaining. Shortly after commencing the diversion the engine failed. During the ensuing forced landing the aircraft struck a fence post, overturned, and slid inverted for 120 metres. The engine had failed from fuel exhaustion. During the flight, which involved 3 landings, one refuelling and about 6 hours flight time, the pilot had not conducted a check of the aircraft fuel consumption. Although the fuel gauges indicated a higher than normal rate of consumption, the pilot did not land at suitable enroute aerodromes and the diversion was not made until a critical situation had developed. Subsequent examination of the engine and fuel system did not establish the cause of the excessive fuel consumption.

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General details
Date: 01 April 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1110  
Location:3 km North of Lismore Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 12 April 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-EMD 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Schofields NSW
Departure time:1110
Destination:Coolangatta QLD
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