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During cruise at about 1000 feet agl the engine began to run roughly and the pilot observed falling oil pressure indications. A severe engine vibration then developed and the pilot, after selecting a suitable forced landing area, shut down the engine. He delayed lowering the landing gear until he was satisfied that the selected area had a firm surface. The gear was selected down on very late final, but only the nose gear had time to become partially extended before touchdown. Lack of sufficient tension of a nut securing a conrod bolt of Number 1 cylinder allowed the conrod bearing cap to loosen causing loss of oil pressure and subsequent engine failure.

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General details
Date: 08 October 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0941  
Location:70 km NW of Kingston SE Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 03 May 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 177 
Aircraft registration: VH-IRO 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:815
Destination:Robe SA
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