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The pilot was carrying out a cattle-spotting operation prior to the commencement of the muster. He descended the aircraft to 500 feet above the ground to get a better view of some animals amongst the trees. The pilot reported that as the aircraft was being returned to level flight it was affected by severe turbulence and the pilot's door became unlatched. While attempting to close the door he noticed that the indicated airspeed had reduced and that the aircraft was continuing to sink. A turn to the right, to clear the area of turbulence, was commenced but during the turn the aircraft stalled and entered a spin. Attempts to recover from the spin were unsuccessful and the aircraft struck the ground in a nose down attitude while turning to the right.

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General details
Date: 16 May 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 700  
Location:Roy Hill Station (72 km NNE Newman) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 06 July 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-RWI 
Serial number: 150-61851 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Roy Hill Station WA
Departure time:0700
Destination:Roy Hill Station WA
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