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At a height of about 250 feet, and at a position approximately one mile from the landing field, the aircraft suddenly rolled to the left and dived into the lake, virtually disintegrating on impact. No parts of the port outer flap plywood skin panel could be identified among the severely damaged wreckage. This panel was located, virtually intact, some four weeks after the accident on the shore of the lake l£ miles north east of the accident site. Detailed examination of the total flap structure revealed evidence consistent with the panel having separated from the structure as a result of air loads in flight. It is normal practice in this type of aircraft for flap to be extended on final approach for landing but it was not possible to establish from the evidence available whether or not any flap was in the extended position at the time of impact.

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General details
Date: 30 October 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1855 ESuT  
Location:Lake Connewarre Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 14 August 1973 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Edgar Percival Aircraft Limited 
Aircraft model: P.28 
Aircraft registration: VH-BXQ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Portarlington
Departure time:1840
Destination:Polley's Field, Connewarre
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