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Shortly after levelling off at 7500 ft, the engine of the Cessna 206 lost power. After establishing the aircraft in a glide, the pilot broadcast a MAYDAY and went through the emergency checks. As he pulled on the mixture control, it came out of the instrument panel. The pilot pushed it back into the panel and continued with the checks. As the aircraft descended, the pilot noticed an airstrip in a field to his left. After identifying the strip he notified Flight Watch of his intention to land there.

On final approach, the aircraft undershot and contacted trees at the end of the field. The aircraft touched down on all three wheels in the cleared area just short of the strip, before the left wheel hit a log resulting in the aircraft flipping upside down. The pilot was uninjured and climbed clear of the aircraft through the left door.

An inspection of the aircraft by maintenance engineers found that the mixture cable had failed at its crimped fitting, allowing the mixture control to move to a lean setting. This resulted in the engine shutting down. A major defect report was submitted to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

General details
Date: 15 March 2003 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600 hours CST  
Location   (show map):Buymarr Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Powerplant/propulsion - Other 
Release date: 20 May 2003 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-NTT 
Serial number: U20601914 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bickerton Island, NT
Departure time:1430 hours CST
Destination:Grove, NT
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