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Shortly after a normal take-off, the pilot sensed that the engine was not delivering full power and the passenger commented that he could detect rough running. The pilot attempted to reach a clear area ahead, but the aircraft collided with 3 metre high scrub while in a nose-high attitude. It then spun through 180 degrees before coming to rest about 10 metres from the initial impact point. A fire broke out which destroyed most of the fuselage and part of the wings. The investigation was hampered by the degree of fire damage, however no fault was found with the engine which might have explained the reported loss of power. Atmospheric conditions were conducive to carburettor icing, but whether this had in fact occurred could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 06 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Pelican Field (Lakes Entrance) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 11 April 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Victa Ltd 
Aircraft model: 115 
Aircraft registration: VH-RSI 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Pelican Field VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Trafalgar VIC
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