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While returning to the airstrip to reload for another spray run, the aircraft experienced severe engine surge with associated rough running. The pilot selected the fuel boost pump on, but with little improvement. He then elected to make a forced landing. While stretching the glide, the aircraft stalled at about five feet AGL and landed heavily in a soft earth paddock. This resulted in the left main landing gear failing, followed by the nose impacting with sufficient force to tear the engine from its mounts. Inspection by the company found the main fuel filter not lockwired allowing the filter assembly to come loose and starve the engine of fuel.
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General details
Date: 21 January 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:45 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 25 May 1998  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-36-300 
Aircraft registration: VH-FUE 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tocumwal NSW
Destination:Nyngan NSW
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