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The pilot reported that while cruising at 1,000 ft the engine started to make unusual noises. He decided to make a precautionary landing on a beach. During the landing roll the aircraft entered soft sand. The nosegear broke off and the propeller was bent. An inspection after the accident found one fuel tank was empty. No fault was found with the engine. A new nosegear and propeller was fitted, the engine was run and the aircraft was flown off the beach and returned to its base.
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General details
Date: 13 January 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:00 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Fuel starvation 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 18 January 1996 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28-161 
Aircraft registration: VH-LBL 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:King Island Tas
Destination:King Island Tas
 
 
 
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