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The pilot was conducting mustering operations at low level at the time of the accident. Shortly after the aircraft made a low pass to indicate the position of some animals, it was observed descending at a steep angle. The aircraft commenced rolling to the right just prior to ground impact and was destroyed by a post-impact fire. All essential aircraft systems appeared capable of normal operation prior to the accident. There was no evidence that the pilot had suffered any pre-impact illness or sudden incapacitation. Although all of the precise factors leading to this accident could not be determined, the sequence of events is similar to many other accidents investigated by the Bureau, where the loss of control at low level following a low pass has been due to inattention to aircraft operations by the pilot. It was disclosed during the investigation that although the pilot had a valid mustering endorsement, he had not received any training in recovery from stall/spin conditions, typical of a loss of control in a Cessna 150, at low level.

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General details
Date: 04 June 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 700  
Location   (show map):16 km S Landor Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 November 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-IQB 
Serial number: 15075374 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Landor Station WA
Departure time:0620
Destination:Landor Station WA
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