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Shortly after take-off during a spreading operation the engine suddenly lost power. The pilot dumped the load and operated the fuel boost pump, however after a short burst of power the engine failed completely. The pilot was committed to a downwind landing and towards the end of the landing roll the aircraft ran into a gully and collided with tree stumps. The engine had failed from fuel exhaustion. The pilot was not aware of the amount of fuel added to the tanks at the previous refuelling and he had subsequently relied on the fuel gauge readings to assess the remaining endurance.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1557  
Location:25 Km South of St.Arnaud Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 11 April 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-EOF 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Stuart Mill VIC
Departure time:1557
Destination:Stuart Mill VIC
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