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The aircraft was observed in low level flight along the western and northern shores of the island. Approaching-a beach from which a group of men were fishing, the aircraft descended and turned to fly along the waters edge, descending further directly towards the men on the beach. The pilot states that it was his intention to carry out a landing on the beach but it is significant that the tide was full, the width of beach was restricted and the party of fishermen would constitute an obstruction to a landing. Before reaching the location of the fishermen, the aircraft was seen to lurch to the left and the port wing struck the water, bending the wing tip upward and tearing off the outboard section of the aileron. The pilot applied full power and the aircraft successfully climbed away. A landing was subsequently made at Rockhampton without further damage.

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General details
Date: 09 March 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1140 EST  
Location:Great Keppel Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 15 April 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-ALE 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rockhampton
Departure time:1110
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