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The engine had lost power because of fuel exhaustion after a total elapsed flight time of 3 1/2 hours. It is probable that while manoeuvring for a precautionary landing the engine failed from fuel exhaustion at a point where the pilot was unable to recover control of the aircraft before it impacted the ground.
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General details
Date: 02 May 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1832 WST  
Location:8km south of Narrogin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 01 November 1983  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Operational 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WXK 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Katanning
Departure time:1640
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