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The aircraft departed Northampton for the Murchison River Gorge with two company employees as passengers, for the purpose of their taking photographs. Over the coastline a descent was made to 500 feet, and the pilot then descended to 70-80 feet above the beach. Some minutes later a large wave struck a rock outcrop ahead of the aircraft and sea water rose high into the air. The pilot attempted to evade the column of water but was unable to do so and the starboard mainplane struck it, and was substantially damaged. The pilot then landed at a nearby airstrip and inspected the damaged aircraft and, after deciding it was safe to fly, he then flew back to Northampton. The aircraft was later flown to Jandakot without repairs being effected.
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General details
Date: 24 August 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430 WST  
Location:Geraldton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 06 May 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-AGK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Northampton
Departure time:1400
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