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The pilot and passengers were overseas visitors taking part in an aerial safari. The flight apparently proceeded normally until a series of garbled radio transmissions were recorded from the aircraft, which then failed to reply to further calls. Despite an intensive search, the wreckage of the aircraft was not found for 2 months. It was evident that the aircraft had collided with trees at high speed while in a steep descending attitude. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact fault that could have contributed to the accident. A post analysis of the prevailing weather conditions indicated that areas of rain showers and low cloud existed over the higher terrain in the region. It is probable that the pilot lost control of the aircraft after inadvertently entering cloud.

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General details
Date: 22 October 1981 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1659  
Location:10 km North of Healesville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 27 April 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-CGL 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:1510
Destination:Moorabbin VIC
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