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A simulated forced landing exercise was planned by the instructor as part of an endorsement onto the type. The exercise was commenced at about 2800 feet above ground level, but because of distractions relating to radio transmissions, engine clearing checks were not conducted during the descent. The student misjudged the approach and was instructed to go-around. When the throttle was opened at about 500 feet, there was no response from the engine. The instructor took control, but was unable to prevent the aircraft touching down about 90 metres short of the selected strip. The gear was torn off and the right wing was severed by a collision with a fence post. Inspection of the wreckage did not reveal any defects with the engine or its systems that could have contributed to the occurrence, and the reason for the reported loss of power was not determined. On detection of the power loss, the aircraft manufacturer's loss of power checks were not attempted, nor were changes to the aircraft configuration conducted which would have improved glide performance.

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General details
Date: 26 August 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1550 Approx Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Caloundra Downs, 9km South-west of Caloundra  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 20 July 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 36 
Aircraft registration: VH-MNS 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Caloundra QLD
Departure time:1550 Approx
Destination:Caloundra QLD
 
 
 
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