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The pilot intended to conduct an aerial inspection of one of his properties prior to departing for his home base. The pilot reported that during the takeoff the engine misfired, so he abandoned the takeoff and returned to the threshold of the airstrip where he carried out a complete engine run which satisfied him that all was normal. The subsequent take-off was uneventful, and the pilot completed the property inspection. Several minutes after setting heading the engine again misfired, accompanied by backfiring and a loss of power. The pilot attempted to return to the airstrip on his property, but the lack of power committed him to a forced landing. He selected a suitable flat open cultivated paddock and made a successful landing. Vacating the aircraft the pilot noticed a fire burning in the engine bay area, which increased in intensity and completely consumed the aircraft. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 21 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1615  
Location:"Karuma" 37 km SW Goodooga Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 28 December 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 35 
Aircraft registration: VH-DBC 
Serial number: D2931 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:"Karuma"
Departure time:1605
Destination:"Quandong Park" near Collie NSW
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