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While cruising at 2500 feet in visual conditions, the propeller suddenly detached from the engine. Because his radio had not been working well, the pilot quickly made an emergency call from his mobile telephone to the police emergency number. He then concentrated on making a forced landing onto a country road. During the landing roll, the aircraft hit a dirt bank which resulted in substantial damage. An inspection of the aircraft after the accident revealed a broken crankshaft which was the reason the propeller had detached from the engine.
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General details
Date: 12 October 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:31 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 14 October 1994 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Viking Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: Dragonfly 
Aircraft registration: VH-NDF 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bairnsdale VIC
Destination:Merimbula VIC
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