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At 1627 hours the wreckage of VH-EQU was located in an area of relatively dense timber 137 metres beyond and 91 metres to the left of the end of Runway 14 at Batchelor. The aircraft had struck the ground at a relatively low speed whilst in a steep nose down, left wing down attitude. The evidence indicates that the aircraft sustained a substantial, but unexplained, loss of power at a low height after take off.
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General details
Date: 17 March 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430 CST  
Location:Batchelor Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 23 October 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-EQU 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Batchelor
Departure time:1430
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