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After landing on a claypan, the pilot taxied the aircraft along a track to pick up a passenger. The right mainwheel entered an area of bulldust and the aircraft swung to the right off the track. As the pilot was manoeuvring the aircraft back onto the track the right wing struck a tree. The pilot was attempting to save time by taxying towards the passenger. Forward visibility was impaired as the pilot was looking into the sun and there was glare on the windscreen. The tree struck was the only obstruction in the area.

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General details
Date: 17 July 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1545  
Location:5 km NW of Palparara Station, 140 km NW Windorah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 24 September 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DXE 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Palparara Station QLD
Departure time:1540
Destination:5 km NW of Palparara Station QLD
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