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The pilot was conducting bore inspections from the air and had advised his son by radio that he was returning to the station airstrip to refuel. A few minutes later, the son who was mustering sheep at the time, came across the aircraft wreckage where it had crashed under trees in a nose-down, near vertical attitude.

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General details
Date: 09 April 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0930 EST  
Location   (show map):Uteara Station, 78km W Bourke Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 19 March 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-FFZ 
Serial number: 17268792 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Uteara Station, NSW
Departure time:0800 EST
Destination:Uteara Station, NSW
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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