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On the evening preceding the accident the pilot indicated his intention to commence mustering early the next morning. The pilot arose at about 0530 hours and it is believed that the aircraft took off at about 0600. The aircraft was seen at about 0620 by the stockmen. It was flying at about 100 ft agl and when the engine noise ceased and the aircraft was not seen again one stockman rode to a nearby bore and found the inverted aircraft wreckage. The aircraft had impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude. No contributory fault could be found with the aircraft or the associated systems. The pilot did not hold a mustering approval and no evidence of him having undergone such training could be found. It is probable that the aircraft stalled at low level and that the pilot was unable to regain control before ground impact.

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General details
Date: 20 January 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0626  
Location:"Thylungra" 116 WSW of Adavale Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 28 February 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-INH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Thylungra QLD
Departure time:600
Destination:Thylungra QLD
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