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During a flight from Orange to Camden, the pilot was unable to proceed beyond the Hartley Valley due to low cloud on the ranges. He attempted to return to Orange but found that route was also blocked by deteriorating weather conditions. In decreasing light, the pilot began a search and located a paddock where he conducted a precautionary landing, during which the main landing gear and wing struck a fence, causing substantial damage. The area forecast had indicated extensive areas of low cloud, with reduced visibility associated with drizzle, over the mountain ranges.

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General details
Date: 28 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1725  
Location:8 km SE Lithgow Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 01 August 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-IFT 
Serial number: AA5B-0621 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Orange NSW
Departure time:1625
Destination:Camden NSW
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