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The aircraft was engaged on a coastal sightseeing flight in marginal VMC. The area was affected by a humid airflow. The pilot said the engine appeared to be affected by carburettor icing and, although he was able to restore power with carburettor heat, he was apprehensive about returning over the metropolitan area. He said he decided to make a precautionary landing on a nearby clearing. After a landing roll of about 100 metres, the landing gear struck a shallow ditch and collapsed. The aircraft slid to a halt a few metres beyond the point of impact.

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General details
Date: 18 December 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800  
Location:Ingleside Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 27 June 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: J-3 
Aircraft registration: N43518 
Serial number: 9377 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wedderburn, NSW
Departure time:1620
Destination:Wedderburn, NSW
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