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The pilot was flying to a strip he knew well. On arrival he assessed the wind and chose the strip direction for use. He noted that there were sheep in the same paddock, so elected to conduct a short field approach. On short final, the aircraft suddenly developed a sink from which the pilot could not recover. The aircraft hit a fence at the threshold of the strip and landed heavily. After the pilot disembarked from the aircraft, he noted that the wind was gusting and that this may have contributed to the sudden sink. He did not add any margin to his approach speed to allow for the gust factor of the wind.
General details
Date: 06 October 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 18:10 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 29 March 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172B 
Aircraft registration: VH-WVB 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Northern Gully WA
Destination:Wagga Wagga Station WA
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