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Parts of the tail plane were found in an area 550 metres from the main wreckage. Examination of these parts revealed evidence of failure as a result of in-flight loads being experienced in excess of their ultimate structural strength. There was no evidence of any pre-existing structural deficiency in the failed components. The nature and direction of the tailplane failures show they could only have occurred in a grossly abnormal condition of flight such as a complete loss of control. Very active thunderstorms were reported in the area at about the estimated time of the accident. These could have Induced a loss of control arising either from pilot disorientation in cloud or an upset in severe turbulence.
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General details
Date: 02 April 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130 EST  
Location:Wilkurra Homestead Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 28 February 1975 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310 
Aircraft registration: VH-WRG 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Broken Hill
Departure time:1046
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