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After the aircraft had been airborne about 90 minutes, the engine began to run roughly. The pilot's attempts to restore full power were unsuccessful and the engine stopped. During the latter stages of the subsequent landing roll, the aircraft struck a dead tree and damage was caused to the left wing and lower engine cowl. Before commencing the flight the pilot had checked the fuel contents gauges, they indicated that both tanks were about half full. He did not, however, visually check the fuel quantity in each tank nor did he specifically plan the duration of the flight. The loss of engine power was caused by fuel exhaustion.

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General details
Date: 09 October 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 900  
Location:Nookawarra Station, 170 km of Meekatharra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 12 March 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-KPP 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Nookawarra Station WA
Departure time:0900
Destination:Nookawarra Station WA
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