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Prior to DEPARTURE, the pilot had obtained a weather briefing, which indicated that deteriorating conditions were forecast. This forecast proved to be accurate and the pilot was forced to carry out a number of diversions to remain in visual contact with the ground. The fuel state of the aircraft also became critical, and in the face of further deterioration in the weather conditions, the pilot attempted to land on a racecourse. A normal touchdown was made, but the aircraft slid off the banked track and collided with the inside guard rails.

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General details
Date: 14 August 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1035  
Location:Mount Pleasant Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 12 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-IQM 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Balaklava SA
Departure time:1035
Destination:Murray Bridge SA
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