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The aircraft was parked, with controls locked and doors unlocked, by the owner who retained the ignition key. Later, another person entered the aircraft and operated a number of controls before experimenting with a car key in the ignition switch. The engine started and the aircraft took off from the position at which it was parked. The occupant attempted a landing but this was unsuccessful as full power was still selected. Some time later the engine stopped due to fuel exhaustion and the aircraft glided into scrub near the town. The occupant was later apprehended by local Police. The thief had received no pilot training and was not capable of adequately controlling the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 22 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300 (Aprx)  
Location:3 km West of Quilpie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 26 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Reims Aviation S.A. 
Aircraft model: FR172 
Aircraft registration: VH-EDZ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Quilpie QLD
Departure time:1300 (Aprx)
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