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The pilot was mustering cattle to clear rising flood waters. A second pilot was on the flight to assist and to observe the first pilot's methods of operation. The aircraft was landed near a gate to allow the second pilot to disembark, open the gate and provide further assistance from the ground. The aircraft then took off and the pilot mustered cattle for about the next 15 minutes. The approach prior to the accident was made from the North at about 15 feet with a wind of about 360 degrees at 15 knots. After passing over the cattle, the aircraft pulled up to about 100 feet and levelled for about three seconds. The cattle were now behind and to the right of the aircraft. The left wing and the nose dropped and the aircraft entered a steep, descending turn to the left until it hit the ground. No pre-accident defects were found with the aircraft. A search of the aircraft log books revealed no discrepancies which could have contributed to the accident. Discussions with the observer pilot and pilots who had conducted initial mustering endorsement and subsequent training, indicated a lack of awareness in their own training of airspeed judgement when flying near the ground. Little importance seems to be attached to the different ground speeds when flying into or down wind and the associated perception of airspeed, while the airspeed indicator seems to be largely ignored with wind sound changes used to judge airspeed.

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General details
Date: 16 May 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130  
Location:40 kms NE Moomba Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 03 January 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-FFM 
Serial number: 182-67401 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Innamincka Station, SA
Departure time:1015
Destination:Innamincka Station, SA
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