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After a short local flight the aircraft returned to the landing area and made a low run, at a height estimated as between 30 and 100 feet, in a south-easterly direction and passed near the group of persons on the ground. This was followed by a run at a similar height in a north-westerly direction and a further similar run to the south-east. Shortly after passing near the group of spectators on the third run, a steep climb was commenced and, at the top of the climb, the left wing dropped until the aircraft was almost inverted, the nose lowered and the aircraft rotated to the left as it dived towards the ground. The rotation appeared to cease just before the aircraft struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude and burst into flames.
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General details
Date: 03 March 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1730 CST  
Location:Anna Creek Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 April 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-DFR 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Anna Creek Station
Departure time:1715
Destination:Anna Creek Station
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