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The purpose of the flight was to return to Underbool after visiting friends and relatives at Kulpra Station. On DEPARTURE from Underbool the aircraft carried 136 litres of fuel, 68 litres in each main tank, the tip tanks were empty. The flight to Kulpra was conducted using fuel from the right main tank. The pilot stated that at an altitude of about ten feet after lift-off, the engine failed. The aircraft was landed back on the strip, heavily on the nosewheel, and the nosegear subsequently collapsed. The pilot reported that on inspection the fuel tank selector was positioned to draw fuel from the empty left wingtip tank instead of the left main tank.

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General details
Date: 11 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1645 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Kulpra Station NSW,(38 km SE of Mildura) VIC  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 15 December 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-FAR 
Serial number: 28-10210 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kulpra Station NSW
Departure time:1645
Destination:Underbool VIC
 
 
 
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