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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on-scene investigation of this occurrence. The information presented below was obtained from information supplied to the Bureau.

At about 1130 Eastern Standard Time on 20 June 2004, the Cessna 150F departed runway 28 at Gladstone, Qld for a local flight. As the aircraft climbed through 200 ft above ground level, the engine began to lose power. The pilot selected the fuel shutoff valve to OFF for a forced landing on a nearby road. During the landing, the aircraft's right wing struck an embankment and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The two occupants received minor injuries.

The pilot later reported that the aircraft had been washed about two hours before the flight, and had departed with 35 litres of fuel in the tanks. Meteorological information indicated that induction system icing was possible but it could not be verified. Similarly, the possibility of water contamination of the fuel system was considered, but could not be substantiated. The reason for the engine failure was not established.

General details
Date: 20 June 2004 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1135 hours EST  
Location   (show map):Gladstone, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 03 September 2004  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-DDQ 
Serial number: 15063461 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gladstone, QLD
Departure time:1130 hours EST
Destination:Gladstone, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Minor: 1102
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