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The aircraft was cruising at 4000 feet above mean sea level when there was a complete loss of engine power. The pilot turned the aircraft towards the Tamala Station strip and attempted to restart the engine. The restart was unsuccessful and the pilot established the aircraft on a straight in approach to the strip for an emergency landing towards the south. The approach appeared to be proceeding safely until the aircraft entered an area of mechanical turbulence and stronger headwinds. As a result the height loss was greater than anticipated and the aircraft touched down, in what appeared to be a smooth grassy area, 100 metres short of the threshold. During the landing roll the aircraft collided with hidden rocks causing the nose and right hand landing gear to collapse. The surface wind at the time of the accident, a sea breeze, was 180 degrees at 15 knots. This wind at 4000 feet was approximately 120 degrees at 15 knots and the difference was not visible to the pilot. The investigation disclosed that the engine failure occurred following a fatigue failure of the crankshaft between the No. 2 big end journal and the No. 2 main bearing. There was some evidence which indicated that the shaft failure was initiated by loose No. 2 main bearing crankcase through bolts although this evidence was not conclusive. It could not be determined when the through bolts may have been torqued incorrectly; however, it was found that the No. 4 and 6 cylinders had been replaced at an overseas locality on the 25 June 1989 during the aircraft's delivery flight to Australia.

 
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