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The aircraft was taking off from a one-way agricultural strip during spreading operations. As the aircraft became airborne it suffered a complete loss of engine power. The pilot dumped the load and landed the aircraft on the strip remaining. During the landing roll the pilot was forced to swerve the aircraft onto an adjacent cleared area to avoid a gully beyond the strip end. At a low forward speed, the right main landing gear struck a stump. The aircraft groundlooped, collapsing the left main gear and damaging the outer left wing. No mechanical defect of the engine was found. Although vapour lock was suspected, the cause of the loss of power was not determined.

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General details
Date: 28 January 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1001  
Location:Kanimbla Valley Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 06 July 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-UJT 
Serial number: 18503282 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kanimbla Valley NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Kanimbla Valley NSW
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