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Shortly after an apparently normal take-off, engine power was lost and the pilot was committed to a landing straight ahead. Initial touchdown was in a flooded rice paddy, and the aircraft then struck a levy bank and ran through a fence, coming to rest inverted in an adjoining dry paddock. Investigation revealed that one cylinder head had become detached from the engine and had removed a section of the inlet manifold. The cylinder head had failed as a result of fatigue cracking which had commenced at the edge of an exhaust valve insert.

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General details
Date: 24 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 959  
Location:15 km ESE Griffith Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 16 April 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rockwell International 
Aircraft model: S-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-LGG 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:16 km East Griffith NSW
Departure time:0959
Destination:16 km East Griffith NSW
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