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The pilot was conducting a parachute drop from 9000 feet. She reported that the cloud base was broken at about 4500 feet and that she climbed the aircraft through a break in the cloud cover to reach the drop altitude. After the parachutist had exited the aircraft the pilot found a break in the cloud cover and descended. However, she was then unable to locate the airstrip and spent some time flying in various directions until she decided to land and ascertain her location. A paddock was selected and after an aerial inspection a landing approach was conducted. The aircraft touched down about 150 metres into the paddock in tailwind conditions. It then ran through a fence, across a road and struck another fence before the nosegear leg collapsed. The aircraft then nosed over and came to rest inverted. The accident site is located about 47 kilometres south-west of the Hillman Farm Airstrip. After descending below the cloud base the pilot's reported actions did not include basic procedures when lost. She advised that when she could not establish her position, she became confused and apprehensive and consequently picked an unsuitably short paddock in which to land. The pilot had only recently recommenced flying after a 3 year break, and had completed a biennial flight review prior to conducting these parachute drops. Although this review totalled almost 6 hours flying and covered many important sequences, the instructor did not appreciate that the pilot had no cross-country experience in at-least that time. Navigation techniques and basic actions if lost were not covered in the review.

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General details
Date: 23 May 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130 apprx  
Location   (show map):26 km NE of Boyup Brook Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Lost/unsure of position 
Release date: 18 September 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-DGI 
Serial number: 18255759 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hillman Farm WA
Departure time:1130 apprx
Destination:Hillman Farm WA
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