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On 17 July 2008, at approximately 0915 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Piper Navajo PA-31 aircraft, registered VH-IHR, was en route from Century Mine, Qld to Mt Isa, Qld when the left engine lost power. Shortly after, the right engine lost power and the pilot attempted to land the aircraft in sparsley wooded bushland about 4 km from the Barkly Highway. The pilot received serious injuries and the aircraft was seriously damaged.

A subsequent check of the aircraft found that the loss of power to both engines was due to fuel starvation.

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General details
Date: 17 July 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0950 EST  
Location   (show map):Mount Isa Aero 342 deg/24 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Fuel starvation 
Release date: 02 April 2009 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31 
Aircraft registration: VH-IHR 
Serial number: 31-8012077 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Century Mine, Qld
Destination:Mount Isa, Qld
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Serious: 1001
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