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Immediately after take-off from an agricultural airstrip the aircraft suffered a loss of power and a large quantity of oil from the engine covered the windscreen obscuring the pilot's forward vision. The pilot attempted to return to the airstrip but touched down at a very slow speed in a paddock approximately 200 metres from the airstrip. During the landing roll the aircraft entered an irrigation channel and tipped up on its nose causing the engine to separate from the airframe. Fuel leaking from the severed fuel line onto the hot engine and exhaust pipe ignited, and the ensuing fire rapidly engulfed the aircraft. It was found that the number three cylinder head had separated from the cylinder barrel. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 12 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1930  
Location:11 km north-west of Coleambally Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 27 November 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grumman American Aviation Corp 
Aircraft model: G-164 
Aircraft registration: VH-HCR 
Serial number: 5B 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:11 km north-west of Coleambally NSW
Departure time:1929
Destination:11 km north-west of Coleambally NSW
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