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Earlier in the day the pilot had flown the aircraft from his farm to Muresk. Because no fuel was available at Muresk, he decided to fly the aircraft to Northam, 13 kilometres to the north. Just after the aircraft became airborne, the engine lost power. The pilot was committed to landing in a paddock. During the landing sequence the aircraft struck a fence and ran over a depressed roadway, tearing off the nosegear. The loss of engine power was due to fuel exhaustion. Prior to commencing the take off, the pilot did not check the quantity in the fuel tanks, nor did he calculate the remaining fuel endurance.

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General details
Date: 20 September 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Muresk Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 17 October 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-RZD 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Muresk WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Northam WA
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