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The pilot received a request at 5am from a neighbouring property to fly a seriously ill person to a hospital some 150 kilometres away. During the approach to the property strip the pilot realised that the aircraft was too high and too fast so he attempted a sideslip to lose altitude. The aircraft floated the full length of the strip before the pilot decided to go around. During the go-around the aircraft stalled at about 50 feet above the ground after the pilot had commenced a steeply banked climbing turn to avoid trees.

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General details
Date: 25 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 600  
Location:Springfield Station (60 km SE Windorah) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 17 December 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Maule Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-MEO 
Serial number: 7229C 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tenham Station QLD
Departure time:0550
Destination:Springfield Station QLD
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