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About 20 minutes after take-off on the return leg of a charter flight and while cruising at 4500 feet amsl, the right engine suddenly lost all power. The pilot reported that he was unable to restore power, and he elected to land at a nearby ALA. From the downwind position a continuous left turn was flown to align the aircraft with the strip. On short final approach the left engine also lost power and the aircraft touched down short of the strip boundary. It ran through two fences and the nosegear collapsed after striking a dirt bank. The flight was the first one in the aircraft type for the pilot in an unsupervised capacity. Investigations carried out at the accident site revealed that there was adequate fuel remaining in the main tanks, although the auxiliary tanks were virtually empty. Both engines were started and ran normally, and no fault was subsequently found with them that might have explained the power losses. The pilot did not have a detailed knowledge of the fuel system, and it was considered likely that he had mis-managed the system.

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General details
Date: 24 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1641  
Location:Harden Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 26 March 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310 
Aircraft registration: VH-KVY 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tumut NSW
Departure time:1641
Destination:Dubbo NSW
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