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The pilot was carrying out an inspection of water points on his property. The inspection was flown at an altitude of about 500 feet agl and involved sustained turns at an angle of bank of about 40 degrees over the water points. Just after the recovery from one of these turns, the engine began to lose power. After unsuccessfully attempting to rectify the problem, the pilot decided to land on a cleared area. The aircraft landed heavily short of the area and collided with trees. At the moment of engine failure, the engine was drawing fuel from the right hand tank and the corresponding fuel gauge indicated less than a quarter full. An inspection of the aircraft did not reveal any mechanical reason for the loss of power. However, it is probable that the turns were uncoordinated and the fuel tank outlet became uncovered because of the low fuel quantity, in the right tank, resulting in a loss of power from fuel starvation.

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General details
Date: 03 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:1.5 km SE of Bowalli Strip, 75 km SSE of Quilpie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 30 September 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PIH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bowalli QLD
Departure time:0830
Destination:Bowalli QLD
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