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The pilot had landed on the old Eyre Highway, on the south east side of and close to Wirrulla but, for take off, he decided to use a better section of the road about one half mile further to the east. Whilst taxying along the road to the take off position, in a ten knot crosswind, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft, on a slippery muddy section and the starboard wing struck a small mallee tree on the southern verge of the road. The aircraft slewed clockwise through 180 degrees in the course of which the nosewheel and propeller dug into the earth bank at the road verge, followed in succession by the port mainwheel, port mainplane and port elevator and tailplane, all of which were substantially damaged.
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General details
Date: 06 August 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1412 CST  
Location:Wirrulla Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 11 November 1970  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-RHL 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wirrulla
Departure time:1415
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