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Prior to departure from Ceduna, the pilot refuelled both fuel tanks. This should equate to about two hours endurance per tank. Approximately 55 minutes after departure, while cruising at 7,000 ft, the engine suddenly lost power. The pilot established the best glide speed and performed trouble checks. Engine instruments were all in the green range. The fuller fuel tank was selected and the electric fuel pump switched on but except for an occasional surge, the engine would still not produce power. The pilot informed Adelaide Flight Service of his situation and then concentrated on a forced landing approach to a wheat paddock, where the aircraft was landed without damage. After landing, the pilot ran the engine but it would still not produce significant power. Initial engineering investigation indicated a faulty fuel injection system.
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General details
Date: 14 October 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:31 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 23 October 1996  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20J 
Aircraft registration: VH-ASO 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Ceduna SA
Destination:Parafield SA
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