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The aircraft was on climb towing a glider when the pilot saw smoke and flames around the left rudder pedal area. The glider was released and the pilot landed the aircraft in a paddock. He abandoned the aircraft before it was destroyed by fire. Because of the severity of damage the cause of the fire could not be determined. It was established that the fire melted fuel lines in the cockpit walls and fuel released then fed the fire which completely gutted the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1052  
Location:2km East of Northam Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 25 March 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-22 
Aircraft registration: VH-AMX 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Northam WA
Departure time:1052
Destination:Northam WA
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