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As he approached the Macpherson Range the pilot was forced to fly around some hills in order to stay below the cloud base. After crossing a ridge line where the gap beneath the cloud was about 300 feet, the pilot was confronted by a higher ridge. He subsequently advised that the aircraft could not out-climb the terrain and he carried out a controlled entry into the jungle canopy about 200 feet below the top of the ridge. Both wings were torn off however the cabin area came to rest intact.

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General details
Date: 01 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 811  
Location:50 Km SW of Coolangatta Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 10 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-SZV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:0811
Destination:Taree NSW
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Last update 13 May 2014