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While performing a climbing turn to the left, at about 400 feet above the ground, there was a violent thud, a loud bang and the aircraft bank increased rapidly to the left. The pilot reduced power to reduce the level of engine vibration and levelled the aircraft. He noticed that a large portion of the left wing had been damaged before carrying out a successful, engine-off landing into a nearby paddock. An inspection of the aircraft discovered that the perforated, steel muffler core had been ejected into the propeller which flung the core into the left wing. The propeller, the aileron, two ribs and sections of the wing coverings were damaged. The above information was obtained from a report submitted by the pilot to the Australian Ultralight Federation. The report did not give the reasons for the failure of the muffler.

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General details
Date: 28 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1710  
Location:7 km W of Torquay Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 15 August 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Inc. 
Aircraft model: Falcon XP 
Aircraft registration: 10-0612 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:5 km W of Torquay VIC
Departure time:1530
Destination:5 km W of Torquay VIC
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