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The aircraft had previously been flown to test a new propeller installation. Maintenance personnel then checked the propeller, after which the pilot taxied for a local flight. Shortly after take-off there was a sudden and complete loss of power. The pilot attempted a forced landing in a paddock, but the aircraft stalled at a low height and struck the ground heavily. The engine had failed when a small piece of felt in the carburettor blocked the flow through the fuel nozzle. The felt had evidently been in the carburettor since the previous disassembly of this unit. The pilot had only limited experience on the aircraft type, and had probably not monitored the airspeed during the latter stages of the forced landing.

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General details
Date: 28 March 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Tyabb Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 30 July 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Osprey Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Osprey 2 
Aircraft registration: VH-OLC 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tyabb VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Tyabb VIC
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