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The pilot was making a downwind approach to land in a farm paddock when, at a height of approximately 10 ft above the ground, the aircraft was observed to begin a go-around. During the initial climb, over rising ground, the aircraft failed to clear a 25 metre high tree. The aircraft was significantly damaged by the collision with the tree and subsequently crashed into a farm dam.

The landing gear and flaps were still extended at the time of the collision. The tailwind was reported to be approximately 15 knots. The ground sloped up at approximately 2 degrees from the go-around point.

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General details
Date: 03 January 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045 WST  
Location   (show map):3km N Boddington Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 27 November 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-KTC 
Serial number: 32R-7885125 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Margaret River, WA
Departure time:1000 WST
Destination:Boddington, WA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1304
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