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The aircraft had taken off from runway 29R when, at a height of about 80 feet, the engine suffered a substantial loss of power. A forced landing was carried out onto a cleared area,beyond the end of the runway. The nosegear collapsed as the pilot attempted to groundloop the aircraft to avoid fences. Investigation revealed a non standard fuel strainer drain had been fitted in the fuel supply system between the fuel tank and the engine driven pump. Stress corrosion cracking caused failure of the strainer drain adapter fitting and allowed fuel to leak from the engine fuel supply. The diminished fuel supply was insufficient for the engine to maintain power.

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General details
Date: 22 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1135  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 23 July 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-DGD 
Serial number: U2060522 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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