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At a height of approximately 50 feet after take-off the engine suddenly lost all power. The pilot was able to glide the aircraft over several drainage banks, two fences and an irrigation canal but a high rate of descent developed and the aircraft landed heavily and overturned. Fire broke out and the central section of the fuselage was burnt out. The investigation was hampered by the extent of fire damage and the cause of the loss of engine power was not positively established.

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General details
Date: 10 November 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 930  
Location:21 km North of Barham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 15 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-IDH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:22 km North of Barham NSW
Departure time:0930
Destination:22 km North of Barham NSW
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