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The pilot reported that while cattle-spotting at about 200 feet above ground level the engine lost power. He commenced a forced landing into a large clearing when, at about 30 feet, the engine regained power. He reported that he attempted to fly away but the aircraft sank, nose-down and left wing low, to the ground. Examination of the engine found no explanation for the reported loss of power. The left wingtip had scraped the ground for a distance of 28 metres, with the aircraft banked at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. The aircraft had then yawed left and cartwheeled for 65 metres before coming to rest. Damage to the propeller was consistent with the engine producing high power.

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General details
Date: 07 June 1982 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1145  
Location:5 km SW of Keeroongooloo Homestead Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 19 June 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DFW 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Keeroongooloo Homestead QLD
Departure time:1135
Destination:Keeroongooloo Homestead QLD
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