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The aircraft was in normal cruising flight when the propeller suddenly went to fine pitch. A check of the instruments showed that the engine oil pressure gauge as reading low. The pilot immediately altered course in an attempt to reach a nearby airstrip. However, the engine then seized completely and the pilot was forced to carry out an emergency landing on a roadway. During the landing roll the right wing hit a tree, slewing the aircraft off the road and into a ditch. A subsequent inspection revealed that the external line which carries oil to the propeller governor had burst. It was found that this pipe had for some time been chafing against a clamp which secured another oil line.

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General details
Date: 13 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1640  
Location:Near Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 19 July 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 177 
Aircraft registration: VH-RLR 
Serial number: 177-01779 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hoxton Park NSW
Departure time:1015
Destination:Redcliffe QLD
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