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The pilot gave a 'mayday' call advising that the aircraft had suffered an engine failure, and that he would be carrying out a forced landing. The aircraft was landed in a swampy area between trees which damaged both wings during the landing roll. The pilot stated that he had not visually checked the fuel contents or the security of the caps and access covers before departing Darwin as he had filled the right tank before the previous flight. The fuel gauges did not indicate the expected amount of fuel even after the aircraft was established in cruise but the pilot elected to continue to his destination. About 6 km from the destination, with the left hand tank selected, the engine stopped. The pilot switched to the right tank but the engine did not restart. It is possible that the right tank was losing fuel from a faulty venting system on the flight into Darwin.
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General details
Date: 12 March 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:25 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 28 March 1994 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182A 
Aircraft registration: VH-KLJ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Darwin NT
Destination:Pickertaramoor NT
 
 
 
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