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The pilot had been operating in support of mustering operations, and had landed a number of times to liaise with the mustering party. The pilot advised that he refuelled to full tanks from a drum that morning but he was confused as to the fuel capacity of the aircraft as the figure " 98 litres " was written near each tank cap. During the return to the mustering yard the engine failed, and power could only be restored momentarily before a forced landing was necessary. The aircraft touched down in scrubland, collided with a stump and subsequently overturned. Discussions with the pilot revealed that he had not kept an accurate check on his fuel useage and had over estimated the endurance.

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General details
Date: 19 March 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:60 km W Tieyon Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 15 May 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-RZE 
Serial number: 150-64548 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tieyon Station SA
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Mother Well (60 km W Tieyon Station) SA
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