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As the aircraft was climbing through 8000 feet the engine suffered a complete loss of power. After unsuccessfully attempting to restore engine power, the pilot selected a small clearing in which to land. During the landing attempt, the aircraft floated the 160 metre length of the clearing before colliding with trees. A substantial amount of foreign matter and corrosion had accumulated in the carburettor float bowl, main strainer bowl and auxilary fuel pump. Although the fuel filters were clean the corrosion was evidence that water had been held within the system for some considerable time. It is probable that during the climb some of the foreign matter blocked the carburettor main jet.

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General details
Date: 09 July 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1553 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:33 km SE of Borroloola  
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 17 July 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-UCN 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Borroloola NT
Departure time:1540
Destination:Doomadgee QLD
 
 
 
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