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Two photographers chartered the aircraft to fly them to a white tropical beach. Enroute to Hope Island, the passengers asked the pilot to land near a beach at the mouth of the Daintree River. After making a water landing on the river, the pilot found that he could not get his passengers and their photographic equipment to the shore because the hull of the aircraft grounded on a sandbank, some 50 Metres from the beach. A decision was then made to takeoff from the water and land on the beach. During the landing , the pilot lost control of the aircraft when one of the mainwheels ran through shallow water. The aircraft nosed over and came to rest inverted.

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General details
Date: 14 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1412  
Location:Daintree, 74km NW of Cairns Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grumman American Aviation Corp 
Aircraft model: G-44 
Aircraft registration: VH-WET 
Serial number: 1466 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cairns QLD
Departure time:1341
Destination:Hope Island QLD
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