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The pilot said the preflight engine run-up was normal, although the engine seemed to run roughly with a slight RPM drop when carburettor heat was applied. A take off was commenced but the pilot did not think engine performance was normal. After becoming airborne the engine ran roughly and lost power. The throttle was closed and the aircraft was landed straight ahead on the strip remaining. However, the aircraft overran the strip end and collided with a fence. The pilot reported that wasps had nested in the intake ducting whilst the aircraft had been idle and uncovered during the previous few days. The nest had apparently dislodged during the preflight run-up causing eventual power loss after take off. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 02 February 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 650  
Location   (show map):20 km NNW Ardlethan Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 08 March 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Taylor Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: JT-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-TPQ 
Serial number: N117 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:20 km NNW Ardlethan NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Wagga Wagga NSW
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