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The pilot was demonstrating step turns whilst taxiing - to his passenger who holds a pilot licence. Whilst turning left at 30 to 35 knots the aircraft hit a submerged sandbar, in about 15 centimetres of water, and flipped onto its back. The passenger received a lacerated ankle. The pilot stated that the sandbar was not visible due to a combination of an overcast sky and a ripple on the surface of the channel.

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General details
Date: 23 August 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1235  
Location:2km West of Tipplers' Passage Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 13 March 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-SFU 
Serial number: U206-04725 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tipplers' Passage QLD
Departure time:1230
Destination:Tipplers' Passage QLD
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