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The pilot had recently purchased the aircraft and intended taking it to his local aerodrome. About 20 minutes after DEPARTURE the engine suddenly lost all power and the pilot was committed to a landing on unsuitable terrain. On landing the nose and left main wheels were torn off and, the left wing main spar was broken. When inspecting the aircraft after it had come to rest, the pilot discovered a loose connection in the fuel line on the inlet side of the fuel filter bowl. The aircraft had stood disused at the DEPARTURE ALA for about two years and the pilot conducted a detailed pre-flight inspection and a test flight before DEPARTURE. The maintenance release was not readily available prior to DEPARTURE, but its inspection subsequent to the accident indicated that no maintenance inspections had been conducted on the aircraft during the previous 27 months.

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General details
Date: 01 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1010  
Location:20 km North of Chillingham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 17 September 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Victa Ltd 
Aircraft model: 100 
Aircraft registration: VH-BNV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Surfers Gardens QLD
Departure time:1010
Destination:Casino NSW
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