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The pilot was conducting a scenic flight in the Hope Island area when the engine lost power. He was able to find a suitable area and carry out a successful forced landing. On inspection of the aircraft the pilot found that the spark plug lead had become detached. He reconnected the lead and after checking that it was secure commenced a takeoff. On climbing through 100 feet the engine again lost power. The pilot was forced to attempt a ditching, but during the approach the aircraft struck trees and spun into the water. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 05 February 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0730 Approx  
Location:Hope Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 16 March 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Col Winton 
Aircraft model: Sportsman 
Aircraft registration: 10-0452 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hope Island QLD
Departure time:0728
Destination:Jacobs Well QLD
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