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During a low level grass seeding operation, the pilot initially noticed a slight change in engine note. A check of the engine instruments revealed that the oil pressure had dropped to zero. As the pilot attempted to locate a suitable area for a precautionary landing, the engine failed, accompanied by a loud bang and smoke. The pilot landed the aircraft in the best available area, which was lightly timbered and strewn with fallen timber and ant-hills. The aircraft remained upright during the landing roll but the nose landing gear collapsed.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1725  
Location:Armagh Station (20km SW of Alpha) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 05 April 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 175 
Aircraft registration: VH-RHD 
Serial number: 55711 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Armagh Station QLD
Departure time:1709
Destination:Armagh Station QLD
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