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The aircraft's engine performed normally during the run up, taxi and take-off. At approximately 200 feet, after take-off, the engine failed completely. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft in the remaining runway length, however, the aircraft touched down in the overrun, entered a muddy area and overturned. The aircraft was last refuelled two days before the accident. Heavy rain had fallen during the two days and the pilot found a significant quantity of water in the aircraft fuel system during his pre-flight fuel check on the morning of the accident. The pilot drained fuel from the system until no water was present in the fuel sample. The pilot was not aware that it is possible for water to accumulate in the fuel tank and not be cleared by the fuel drain. Consequently he did not 'rock' the aircraft, during his preflight, to ensure that all the water was clear. An inspection of the aircraft fuel system, following the accident, disclosed that the engine had stopped because the fuel supply to the carburettor had become contaminated with water. The fuel tank cap on one tank had a defective seal. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 14 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 730 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Karratha Airport  
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 27 June 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-AOB 
Serial number: 18261772 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Karratha WA
Departure time:0730
Destination:Onslow WA
 
 
 
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