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The pilot reported that while he was conducting a turn above some cattle, the aircraft appeared to lose speed and altitude. The aircraft was about 75-100 ft AGL at the time. The pilot pushed the control column forward and applied full power. However, this had little effect and it became obvious that the aircraft was going to strike the ground. The pilot said that just before impact, he pulled back on the control column. The pilot could not recall looking at the airspeed indicator during the final stages of the flight, and did not recall hearing the stall warning sound. However, he considered it likely that the aircraft stalled during the turn and that there was insufficient height above the ground for him to effect recovery to normal flight.
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General details
Date: 11 October 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:00 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 November 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150L 
Aircraft registration: VH-IEK 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Marion Downs Qld
Destination:Marion Downs Qld
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