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The aircraft was cruising at 500 feet above some Sydney area beaches. Following an ATC instruction, the pilot applied full power in order to climb to 2000 feet. The engine ran roughly for a short period then lost all power and the pilot was committed to a forced landing in shallow water. Touchdown occurred about 5 metres from the shore-line and the aircraft came to rest inverted in the water. No pre-existing fault could be found with the aircraft engine or ancillaries. Atmospheric conditions were conducive to the formation of moderate carburettor icing. Carburettor heat had not been applied when the engine began to run roughly and lose power.

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General details
Date: 18 May 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1505  
Location:North Curl Curl Beach Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 23 August 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DNV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Richmond NSW
Departure time:1410
Destination:Richmond NSW
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