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The aircraft was cruising at 4,500 feet when the engine stopped without warning. The pilot landed in a partially cleared paddock, the only suitable area. During the landing roll the aircraft struck trees and the nosegear was torn out. The aircraft nosed over, coming to rest inverted. Failure of the magneto drive gear caused the engine failure. Investigation found the detached gear in the engine oil sump. The aircraft had suffered a recent propeller strike (130 hours prior) and it appeared that the gear had been defective for some time. The fracture face was discoloured from carbon/oil deposits. It is possible that the two events were related.
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General details
Date: 06 January 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:11 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 16 September 1994  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172N 
Aircraft registration: VH-TKH 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Gladstone QLD
Destination:Maroochydore QLD
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