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At about 400 feet on climb after takeoff the engine began to run roughly and lose power. The pilot was forced to attempt a landing in a canefield. During the landing one wing struck the cane and the aircraft nosed over coming to rest inverted. Inspection of the aircraft found that the internal timing of the magneto was incorrect and that the magneto was also in a poor state of repair. In addition, the spark plugs were of different types and in varying condition. It was the opinion of the maintenance engineers who inspected the ignition system that the loss of power was a result of the overall condition of the system.
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General details
Date: 20 February 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:10 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 19 October 1993  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182C 
Aircraft registration: VH-BXW 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tully QLD
Destination:Tully QLD
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