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At 1144 hours Eastern Summer Time, on 22 December 1990, during a search for a missing aircraft, Cessna 210 aircraft VH-PLD crashed in inhospitable terrain following a complete loss of engine power. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces; the pilot, co-pilot, and two observers received fatal injuries and two other observers suffered serious injury. The Bureau determined that a failure of a connecting rod bolt resulted in the loss of engine power. The connecting rod penetrated the crankcase, allowing engine oil to escape. The oil was blown back onto the windscreen, probably obscuring the pilots' vision during the forced landing approach.
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General details
Date: 22 December 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1144 CST  
Location:Oakdale 15 km SW Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 20 November 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: 388 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-PLD 
Serial number: 21064704 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Camden, NSW
Destination:Camden, NSW
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerCommercial194186
Fatal: 4004
Serious: 2002
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