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The pilot first obtained a private pilot licence in April, 1966 but, because he had not completed a course of navigation flying training, his licence was valid only for flight within five miles of any departure aerodrome or within the confines of a flying training area. He was not qualified to fly in other than visual meteorological conditions. The aircraft was normally based in a hangar on the pilot's property near Bylands and fuelled from drums stored in the hangar. An examination of the wreckage indicated that the aircraft had struck the ground in a steep spiral dive. No evidence was found of any defect which may have contributed to the accident. There was only a small amount of fuel remaining in the tanks but fuel may have drained away through broken lines after the accident.

The cause of this accident has not been established but it is apparent that the pilot attempted the flight in weather conditions which were unsuitable and this may have led to the loss of control.

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General details
Date: 04 August 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0853 EST  
Location:Bylands Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 03 February 1975 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-DIU 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bylands
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