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On 12 August 2010, a Cessna Aircraft Company U206F aircraft, registered VH-TZV, was conducting parachuting operations near Gladstone, Queensland. Soon after takeoff, as the aircraft was climbing through 1,000 ft, the aircraft's engine lost power.

The pilot was unable to restart the engine and conducted an emergency landing in a field. The aircraft was significantly damaged and some of the occupants sustained serious injuries.

The reason for the engine failure could not be determined.

Pilots should consider the effect an in-flight engine failure at low altitude would have on the time available to manage the failure and identify a suitable forced landing area. In this instance, the pilot was able complete some emergency checks and turn the aircraft away from a water course in an  attempt to conduct a forced landing on a gravel road. It is likely that this action positively influenced the outcome for the occupants of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 12 August 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1043 EST  
Location   (show map):4.5 km N Gladstone Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Release date: 28 January 2011 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-TZV 
Serial number: U20602304 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Gladstone, Qld
Destination:Gladstone, Qld
 
 
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