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The day prior to the accident the pilot, who was inexperienced in remote area navigation, flew the aircraft from Parafield to Ayers Rock where he and the passengers remained overnight. In the morning the aircraft was flown to Curtln Springs and refuelled. The pilot was unable to obtain the area weather forecast because of poor radio communication conditions. In clear weather he flew at 3000 feet and he established his position over the Hermansburg Mission aerodrome, some 30 miles to port of the planned track. Still being unable to obtain satisfactory two-way radio communication with Alice Springs he diverted to the south-east to avoid controlled airspace with the Intention of requesting a clearance when he Intercepted the Adelaide to Alice Springs road. Shortly afterwards he became disorientated and doubted his earlier navigational fix. Despite substantial fuel reserves and without judicious consideration of other alternatives he made a hurried decision to land on a road and ascertain his position. During the latter part of the approach the unsultabillty of the selected area became apparent, but the pilot persisted with the landing. After touching down the aircraft struck trees on the side of the road and finally came to rest off the right hand side of the road facing in the opposite direction to the landing run.
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General details
Date: 01 April 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1100 CST  
Location:Hermansburg Mission Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 24 June 1970  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-ASX 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Curtin Springs
Departure time:0942
Destination:Alice Springs
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