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During a sheep mustering operation the aircraft was being orbited at about 200 feet agl and with 15 to 20 degrees of bank applied. During the orbiting the left wing struck the ground, the aircraft nosed-over and the engine was torn from its mountings. In the previous week the pilots normal sleep pattern had been broken. On the morning of the accident, he arose before dawn after having about five and a half hours rest. He had moved two large mobs of sheep into another paddock, which requires a high degree of concentration, and was orbiting whilst waiting for the last small mob to pass through the gate. It was at this stage, when the task required less concentration, that the pilot said, that he relaxed and fell asleep.

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General details
Date: 09 February 1982 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0835  
Location:Malboona Station, 75 Km NE of Winton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 16 September 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-KFT 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Malboona Homestead, 76 km
Departure time:0557 NNE of Winton QLD
Destination:Malboona Homestead, 76 Km NNE of Winton QLD
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