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On 20 December 2010, the owner/pilot of a Pacific Aerospace Corporation FU-24-954 Fletcher aircraft, registered VH-FNM, was conducting aerial spreading of urea fertilizer at Wynella Station; a property 40 km south-south-west of Dirranbandi, Queensland. At about 1650 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot was returning to the landing strip after the completion of an application run. The aircraft impacted the terrain, and the pilot was fatally injured.

Examination of the accident site indicated that the aircraft's engine was delivering power at the time of impact. Wreckage examination did not reveal evidence of any defect or mechanical failure that would have contributed to the event. Although the post-mortem report on the pilot noted that he had significant coronary atherosclerosis, there was insufficient information available to determine whether pilot incapacitation was involved in the accident.

The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation operations.

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General details
Date: 20 December 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1650 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Wynella Station Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 16 December 2011 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pacific Aerospace Corporation 
Aircraft model: FU-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-FNM 
Serial number: 263 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:near Dirranbandi Qld
Destination:near Dirranbandi Qld
 
 
 
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