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The pilot was carrying out a survey of various properties he intended to spray in the near future. While climbing to return to Lismore after surveying the last property, the engine suddenly ran roughly and then stopped. The pilot was committed to a forced landing on unsuitable terrain, and the aircraft collided with a windrow of fallen trees 146 metres after touchdown. A fire then broke out and engulfed the wreckage. The subsequent investigation revealed that there had been no failure of the internal components of the engine, however the fire had destroyed many of the accessories, including the carburettor and parts of the fuel system. The fuel filter outlet elbow was not an aircraft standard part, and there was inadequate sealing between this elbow and the fuel outlet hose. However, whether this had any bearing on the development of the accident could not be established, and the cause of the engine failure remains undetermined.

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General details
Date: 18 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400 aprx  
Location:19 km SW Lismore Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 21 August 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-MCH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Lismore NSW
Departure time:1330
Destination:Lismore NSW
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