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While cruising at 6000 feet on a night VMC flight the pilot encountered a heavy rain shower. During an attempted 180 degree turn the aircraft entered a spiral dive and in the recovery from this dive the aircraft was evidently overstressed. After diverting to Parkes the pilot flew to his planned destination on the following day. The damage sustained by the wings was not detected until a subsequent daily inspection.

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General details
Date: 24 March 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:95 km SW of Dubbo Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 24 April 1984  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-FSD 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moree NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Griffith NSW
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Last update 01 April 2011