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The pilot and his passengers were on the final stages of a trip through central and northern Australia. After spending the night at Clermont they were observed to enter the aircraft, and following engine start an engine run-up was carried out. Witnesses reported that at times during the run-up the engine ran roughly. Following the run-up, the pilot taxiied the aircraft to the runway threshold and the takeoff was commenced. During the takeoff run the engine sound was reported as being normal. The aircraft was then observed to become airborne and a short time later the sound of an impact was heard. The wreckage was located in timbered country, 475 metres beyond the upwind end of the departure runway. The investigation revealed that the No 3 cylinder exhaust valve had stuck shortly after takeoff, resulting in a substantial loss of engine power. The valve appears to have become jammed in the closed position due to a build up of carbon in the valve guide which resulted in the pushrod bending. Following the power loss the pilot was faced with carrying out a forced landing on unsuitable terrain.

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General details
Date: 27 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0930  
Location:Clermont Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 11 March 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-CEE 
Serial number: 28-10679 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Clermont QLD
Departure time:930
Destination:Emerald QLD
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