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The aircraft departed Brickhouse Station airstrip 8 miles north-east of Carnarvon to rendezvous with five stockmen in vehicles at a well on the property. Burt, who was an experienced aerial mustering pilot, occupied the right seat and Boddington, whose flying experience was limited and who was not qualified to perform aerial mustering, occupied the left seat. It is hot known which pilot was In command but it is probable that Boddington was manipulating the controls. After air-to-ground radio communication was established, the mustering operation commenced with the ground party making its way south-west through the scrub and the aircraft flying low overhead and diving to indicate any cattle sighted. After about an hour, during which the operation proceeded without incident, one of the stockmen noticed the aircraft approach his position in a shallow dive from the north. When it was overhead, the aircraft turned towards the south-east. The stockman took this to indicate that he was positioned correctly. A few seconds later his attention was again drawn to the aircraft by a change in the sound of the engine. He looked to the east and saw the aircraft about 1/4 mile away in a steep dive only 50 feet above the ground. The aircraft did not recover from the dive and subsequent examination of the wreckage showed that the angle at impact had been almost vertical. It has not been possible to determine the cause of the accident from the available evidence but a likely explanation is that the pilot lost control of the aircraft while manoeuvring at low level.
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General details
Date: 02 December 1971 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0710 WST  
Location:Carnarvon Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 27 April 1972 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DPH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Brickhouse Station
Departure time:0535
Destination:Brickhouse Station
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