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The pilot had completed spreading the third load of herbicide on a paddock and was setting course for his employer's home base when the engine lost power. After conducting emergency checks engine power was restored. The mixture was leaned and a climb initiated while continuing to return to the strip. While the aircraft was still some distance from home the engine stopped. The pilot conducted a landing, downwind and downhill, across a contour bank in a wheat paddock. Examination of the aircraft by the owner disclosed that the aircraft had run out of fuel. The pilot had been using higher power settings and richer mixture settings than anticipated by the owner, who was monitoring the pilot's performance. The pilot had not landed into wind nor had he selected an appropriate landing area when faced with the need to conduct a forced landing.

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General details
Date: 13 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1044 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:12km NNE of Moura  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 10 December 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-36 
Aircraft registration: VH-BQD 
Serial number: 36-7560104 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:12km N of Moura QLD
Departure time:0950
Destination:12km N of Moura QLD
 
 
 
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