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The aircraft was making an intermediate landing for refuelling before proceeding to Lord Howe Island. The pilot reported that soon after carrying out his pre-landing checks on crosswind leg for runway 28, the right engine failed completely. He identified the engine and feathered the propeller. On downwind leg he carried out a trouble check and attempted three times to unfeather the propeller but was unable to do so. He broadcast that he was turning base for an asymmetric landing, reselected gear down, and lowered full flap in stages on final approach. After flaring, the aircraft floated a considerable distance. Approximately halfway along the 696 metre grass strip, while still airborne, the pilot elected to go around. He applied full power to the left engine, selected gear up and retracted flap in stages as the aircraft started to climb. The aircraft then began an uncommanded roll to the right, associated with a loss of directional control, and the right wingtip struck an aircraft parked about 100 metres to the north of the runway 28 centreline. It then cartwheeled across an adjacent car park before coming to rest a few metres short of a refuelling depot. The pilot had elected to use runway 28, although runway 03/21 was available with a landing distance available of 1586 metres. At the time of the accident the wind was reported as light and variable. The right engine was test run, using the original propeller which had sustained only minor damage. No fault could be found through the entire power range and restarting from the feather position was accomplished without problem.

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General details
Date: 27 December 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 942  
Location:Port Macquarie Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 14 March 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34 
Aircraft registration: VH-SET 
Serial number: 34-7350239 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:0822
Destination:Port Macquarie NSW
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