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The aircraft had reportedly been shut down for about an hour. After refuelling, the aircraft was started and the pilot noticed smoke coming from under the seat. He shut down the engine and by this time flames were seen under and around the back of the engine. The pilot grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to another aircraft for assistance. Attempts to put out the fire were reportedly thwarted by the heat of the fire and as there was a significant quantity of ammunition on board, everyone hid behind a tree until the fire burnt out.

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General details
Date: 25 September 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300  
Location   (show map):Tin Pan Creek NT ( 30 km NE Jabiru ) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 04 April 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kawasaki Heavy Industries 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-SUC 
Serial number: 6774 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tin Pan Creek NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Megan Valley NT
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