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Immediately after take-off the aircraft was seen to enter a steep climbing turn to the left. After turning through about 135 deg, and at an estimated height of 100 to 150 ft agl, the aircraft suddenly pitched nose down and lost height. The aircraft collided with a tree prior to impacting the ground in a nose-low left wing down attitude. The investigation did not reveal any mechanical faults with the aircraft that could have contributed to this accident. The pilot had been flying and working long hours and had been seen to hurry his circuit procedures in the past. On this occasion adequate flying speed was not maintained for the manoeuvre being attempted. The turn after take-off was made into the late afternoon sun and it is possible that the pilot`s vision was affected by sun-glare.

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General details
Date: 20 July 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1640  
Location:Wiluna Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 08 March 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-WRX 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Wiluna WA
Departure time:1640
Destination:Lake Way Station WA
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