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The pilot had planned to carry out a series of circuits and landings. During the downwind leg of the first circuit, the engine began to run roughly, and then lost power. The pilot attempted a forced landing on a clearing adjacent to the airstrip boundary fence. During the landing roll the pilot lost directional control due to the rough surface and the aircraft collided with the fence. Subsequent examination of the fuel filter revealed that it contained several flakes of rubber material. A larger piece of this material had blocked the filter inlet. The source of the material was traced to the partial disintegration of the inner wall of the priming bulb.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:"The Basalt" 20 km N of Charters Towers Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 23 February 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Thruster 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Serial number: 250110 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"The Basalt" QLD
Departure time:1620
Destination:"The Basalt" QLD
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