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After completing a circuit, the aircraft was flown along the strip at an altitude of 50 feet. An airspeed of 50 knots was maintained with a low power setting. Towards the end of the strip the pilot attempted to apply climb power but the engine did not respond. The pilot selected a clear area straight ahead and landed the aircraft. During the landing roll the aircraft struck a tree stump which was hidden in the tall grass. The contact spring was missing from the distributor cap, which caused the output from the magneto to short circuit to ground and as a result of which the engine lost power.

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General details
Date: 05 October 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1120  
Location:Gatton Agricultural College, Gatton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 11 March 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Jodel, Societs Des Avions 
Aircraft model: D9 
Aircraft registration: VH-SJZ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gatton Ag. College QLD
Departure time:1120
Destination:Gatton Ag. College QLD
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