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The engine lost power soon after take off due to the failure of the welds securing the airflow straightener vane located in the hot air box. The liberated vane was sucked into and blocked the airfow through the carburettor throat. The CAA airworthiness branch is investigating the need for these vanes as they are not fitted to all Pawnee aircraft and their failure can have catastrophic results.
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General details
Date: 27 March 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:30 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 28 July 1993 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25-235 
Aircraft registration: VH-AMZ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:8km E Meeniyan VIC
Destination:8km E Meeniyan VIC
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