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The pilot reported that the aircraft was on approach to a pad when the engine lost power. The aircraft was landed heavily short of the landing area, and after touchdown the engine was still running at a low power setting. Inspection of the aircraft revealed that one of the fuel line fittings was not correctly tightened and also a fuel drain tap was worn. It is considered possible that either, or a combination, of the above faults may have allowed air to enter the fuel lines which could have resulted in the loss of engine power.

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General details
Date: 28 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:5 km west of Gayndah 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: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 369 
Aircraft registration: VH-PPD 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gayndah QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Gayndah QLD
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