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The pilot reported that the flight was commenced with full fuel tanks. An endurance of over 210 minutes was anticipated with the planned fuel flow. The engine failed after three hours and the aircraft sustained damage to the nose gear and right wing during the ensuing forced landing. The pilot advised that when he subsequently dipped the fuel tanks there was no fuel remaining. The pilot had not leaned the mixture correctly, and the consequent fuel flow was greater than he had expected. On previous occasions he had operated the aircraft for shorter flight periods and had not calculated the actual fuel usage rate.

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General details
Date: 20 November 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 800  
Location:Hardington Station, 65 km NNE of Muttaburra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 01 November 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-DIV 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hardington QLD
Departure time:0800
Destination:Hardington QLD
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