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The pilot reported that as the aircraft climbed through about 300 feet after takeoff, the engine RPM suddenly dropped by 350-400. This was accompanied by rough running. The pilot decided to land in a gravel pit just beyond the airfield boundary. The aircraft was stopped after a ground run of 150 metres but received substantial damage due to the rough surface. The engine problem was probably caused by sticking valve(s). This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1231  
Location:Proserpine Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 28 February 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-PJH 
Serial number: 17273502 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Proserpine QLD
Departure time:1231
Destination:Proserpine QLD
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