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Approaching the coastline of Wilsons Promontory, the pilot heard a loud bang from the engine compartment, which was followed by oil escaping onto the windscreen. About 40 seconds later the engine failed completely and the pilot carried out a successful ditching in about 1.2 metres of water, some 10 metres from the shoreline. The pilot and passengers waded to land and were subsequently rescued by a helicopter. The pilot had chosen to land in the water rather than attempt a landing on the beach, which appeared to be soft and was obstructed by a rocky outcrop. Examination of the engine revealed that the number 5 cylinder connecting rod had failed from fatigue. This in turn led to the overload failure of the big-end bolts.

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General details
Date: 11 April 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1438  
Location:Wilsons Promontory Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 22 January 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-DPZ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Flinders Island TAS
Departure time:1438
Destination:Moorabbin VIC
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