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During a period of dual training, the instructor noticed that the oil temperature was rising to an undesirable level and that the oil pressure was falling. He elected to carry out a precautionary landing on a short, disused agricultural strip, rather than flying 20 minutes back to the aerodrome. The student was to carry out a short field landing under the supervision of the instructor, who was to talk her through the exercise. At about the point of touchdown, the press-to-talk switch in the rear pilot compartment failed and the student was unable to hear any further instructions. She became apprehensive about the length of strip remaining and applied heavy braking, which the instructor was unable to overcome, and the aircraft nosed over. An inspection of the aircraft revealed that a cleaning rag, which had been missed during the daily inspection, had partially covered the oil cooler, rendering it less effective.

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General details
Date: 07 October 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:30 KM S Archerfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 23 November 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bellanca Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 8 
Aircraft registration: VH-CCC 
Serial number: 507-79 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:1500
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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