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The student was receiving training in forced landing procedures. The first three exercises were completed without incident. At the end of the fourth approach to the selected paddock, the student applied full power and initiated a climb, intending to return to 3000 feet for a further exercise. However, when the aircraft had reached about 1700 feet, the engine lost power. The instructor took control, but was unable to gain any response from the engine. The aircraft was landed in a paddock, and collided with a fence some 200 metres from the point of touchdown. Examination of the aircraft revealed that one fuel tank was empty, while the other tank contained about 7 litres of usable fuel. The engine had lost power when the fuel in one tank was exhausted, and air evidently entered the system, preventing normal engine response when the instructor selected the opposite tank. No dipstick had been available and the instructor, who did not rely on the aircraft fuel gauges, had made an erroneous visual assessment of the fuel quantity prior to DEPARTURE. The aircraft had flown for more than 5 hours since the last refuelling.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1415  
Location:Luddenham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 30 April 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: S.O.C.A.T.A.-Groupe Aerospatiale 
Aircraft model: TB 
Aircraft registration: VH-JTJ 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:1415
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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