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After arriving at the property that morning, the pilot commenced mustering operations. The operations were conducted between 50 feet and 300 feet above ground level throughout the day and all manoeuvres performed appeared normal to ground observers. Later in the afternoon a witness reported that he observed the aircraft perform a steeper than normal climb before diving towards the ground. The aircraft subsequently impacted the ground in a steep nose down, wings level attitude, bounced, then slid forward for 13 metres before the left wing struck a tree. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any defect with the aircraft that could have contributed to the accident. It is probable that the pilot was fatigued after a long day and that he inadvertently allowed the aircraft to stall at the top of the climb. Insufficient height was then available to allow a recovery to be effected.

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General details
Date: 24 September 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1415  
Location:66 km North of Richmond QLD (On Burleigh station QLD) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 05 July 1985 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-WYK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Strip 10 km North of Burleigh Station Homestead QLD
Departure time:1415
Destination:DEPARTURE Point
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