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The pilot was conducting a trial instructional flight when the aircraft experienced an engine failure approximately 50 feet above ground, and three quarters of the way along the runway. The pilot was able to clear a large ditch at the end of the runway, and landed the aircraft in a cane crop. Inspection of the engine revealed that the engine failure was caused by the failure of a gudgeon bearing housing. The neoprene housing had jammed and broken up allowing needle rollers to escape into the crankcase and cylinder. The Bureau has been advised that the engine manufacturer is to replace the gudgeon bearing in the engine type with an improved version.

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General details
Date: 04 May 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:Deeral Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 22 August 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Austflight U.L.A. Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: 582 
Aircraft registration: 25-0182 
Serial number: N/A 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Deeral QLD
Departure time:1630
Destination:Deeral QLD
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