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The weather was fine when the pilot departed Bankstown, however, deteriorating conditions were encountered enroute. Communication was lost with the aircraft after the pilot reported he was holding at a point some 15 kilometres from his destination. Searchers subsequently discovered the wreckage of the aircraft in water, 900 metres from the intended landing strip. No fault was found with the aircraft that would have been likely to contribute to the accident. Thunderstorms, low cloud and extremely heavy rain were present in the area. It is probable that the pilot was manoeuvring the aircraft for a landing when it struck the water.

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General details
Date: 02 March 1982 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:Wallis Island Forster Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 11 September 1984 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-RIT 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:0830
Destination:Wallis Island Forster NSW
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