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Approaching the Mangalore area the pilot commenced descent and had reached a height of about 1000 feet when the engine suddenly started to vibrate severely. When the throttle was closed the engine stopped completely. The pilot selected a nearby paddock and landed with a slight tailwind. During the ground roll the right wheel entered a rut, which dislodged the right main gear leg and caused the right wing and the propeller to contact the ground. The reason for the engine vibration and failure has not been determined. Significant Factors The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the accident: 1. Engine power loss, reason undetermined. 2. Forced landing on unsuitable terrain.
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General details
Date: 14 April 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:20 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 16 May 1995 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: KITFOX IV 
Aircraft registration: VH-MKF 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Essendon VIC
Destination:Mangalore VIC
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