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The aircraft, with the student pilot at the controls, took-off and climbed to 500 feet and then turned left as it was intended to carry out a normal circuit. The take-off was made into the east on the single strip and into a wind from the east at a speed of 10-15 knots. When the aircraft had reached about 600 feet the engine faltered and the power was reduced to 2300 RPM with the engine vibrating spasmodically. Application of carburettor heat did not improve the performance of the engine. When the aircraft had climbed to about 700 feet the instructor took over control, decided to make a downwind landing and turned the aircraft to the Bight in order to fly back across wind preparatory to landing. After flying across wind and turning back again an "S" turn was made to line up with the direction of the strip. The aircraft crossed the end of the strip, which is 2,700 feet long, at about 400 feet above the ground and only touched down briefly near the far end of the strip. The pilot then attempted to conduct a go-around using all the engine power remaining but speed was slow and the engine power decayed to about 1600 RPM. He then decided to land in a paddock. The aircraft was pulled up over trees and a power line on the paddock boundary and then sank,landing heavily on the port main wheel and nose wheel. The nose undercarriage leg detached and after sliding a short distance the aircraft overturned.

 
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