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The pilot advised that at the time of the incident he was carrying out a last +fly around; of his property which had recently been sold. The pilot's three year old son was the only other passenger on board. While manoeuvring at low level the pilot's attention was diverted into the cockpit for a period of time, assisting his son who had become ill. During this period of distraction the pilot had inadvertently allowed the aircraft to descend. He recalls looking outside the aircraft again just as it impacted the ground. The pilot confirmed that the aircraft's engine and flight controls were operating normally at the time. The pilot received serious injuries to both ankles in the accident. The passenger received only minor cuts and bruising. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair.
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General details
Date: 22 April 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:15 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150G 
Aircraft registration: VH-HWJ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
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