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The pilot was conducting a pleasure flight from Australia to the Solomon Islands via various aerodromes in Papua New Guinea. He reported that shortly after take-off the engine lost power and he was forced to ditch the aircraft, which subsequently sank in 100 metres of water. Investigation of this accident is the responsibility of the PNG authorities. The investigation indicated that the take-off attempt had been made with the aircraft loaded in excess of the maximum recommended for the length of strip available.

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General details
Date: 18 September 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Kurwina Plantation (Bouganville Island) Papua New Guinea  
State: International Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 22 April 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-RHT 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Kurwina Plantation PNG
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Kieta PNG
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