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While enroute to the treatment area the pilot noted a loss of engine power. After the load of superphosphate was dumped, he realised he would be unable to return to the DEPARTURE strip and selected a track as the most suitable landing area. During the landing roll the aircraft ran over a hump which caused it to slew off the track into the surrounding bush. Engine examination revealed that the fuel injector system was out of adjustment, producing a lean mixture at high power settings. The resulting high combustion temperatures produced abnormal engine wear and led to spark plug failure.

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General details
Date: 14 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1015  
Location:20km NE of Scottsdale Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania  
Release date: 07 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airparts NZ Ltd 
Aircraft model: FU-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-MXD 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Trig Hill Strip TAS
Departure time:1015
Destination:Trig Hill Strip TAS
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