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The pilot was making an approach to land at his private strip. Wind conditions were gusty and the aircraft was observed to be making a lower approach than was usual. In the vicinity of the boundary fence a substantial increase in engine noise was noted, and the aircraft was seen to be climbing steeply. After reaching a height of about 100 feet the aircraft rolled, descended steeply and struck the ground in an inverted attitude. The reason for the pilot making a lower than normal approach profile was not established. It was determined that the right wing of the aircraft had become entangled with the boundary fence. In an attempt to regain control the pilot had probably instinctively applied large corrective inputs. The fence wire then broke but the aircraft was in an airspeed and attitude configuration such that the pilot was unable to prevent a stall and consequent total loss of control.

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General details
Date: 01 November 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1425  
Location:Biloela Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 07 January 1984  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20 
Aircraft registration: VH-CIV 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Shauna Downs QLD
Departure time:1425
Destination:Biloela QLD
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