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The aircraft was refuelled after having stood in the open for several very wet weeks. Pre-flight and water sump drain inspections were conducted by the pilot and appeared to be normal. Engine start and pre-take off checks also appeared normal. Just as the aircraft became airborne the engine power diminished dramatically and the pilot elected to land straight ahead. The aircraft subsequently ran off the airstrip into rough terrain. The nosewheel, firewall and propeller were damaged. Subsequent inspection of the fuel system found that the system contained pure water between the fuel tanks and engine.

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General details
Date: 18 February 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1640  
Location:Wilton (Authorised Landing Area) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 04 June 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-RDR 
Serial number: P206-0358 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wilton (Authorised Landing Area) NSW
Departure time:1639
Destination:Wilton (Authorised Landing Area) NSW
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