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The pilot obtained a weather forecast and submitted a flight plan which indicated his intention to conduct the flight under visual flight rules. The forecast details were indicative of visual meteorological conditions existing In the initial stages of the flight and also in the area in which the accident occurred. After passing West Wyalong, the weather deteriorated, and the pilot descended to about 500 feet above ground level to remain beneath the lowering overcast cloud base. The Weddin Mountain Range which lay across the aircraft's track and which rises some 1200 feet above the surrounding flat terrain was obscured by fog and low cloud and, as the pilot approached the range from the west, he was confronted by an area of fog which extended from the cloud base to the ground. Maintaining about 500 feet clearance from the ground, the aircraft penetrated the fog area and soon afterwards the pilot commenced a turn to the left with the intention of regaining visual meteorological conditions. Almost immediately, through a break in the fog, the pilot observed trees on steeply rising ground ahead. He applied power and pulled up sharply, but the aircraft struck trees near the top of the ridge and crashed to the ground.

 
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