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The pilot reported that while cruising at about 350 feet above ground level, the engine began to run roughly to the extent that he was unable to maintain height. In the subsequent landing, the aircraft struck a tree, cartwheeled, and was extensively damaged. The spark plug in one of the engine's two cylinders was fouled by carbon deposits.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130  
Location:70 km SSE of Quilpie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 02 May 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Austflight U.L.A. Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: Drifter 582 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Beechal Station (63 km SSE Quilpie) QLD
Departure time:1115 approx
Destination:Wareo Station (74 km SSE Quilpie) QLD
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