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Mr. Armstrong purchased the aircraft in June, 1972 and later that year, assisted by two other persons also not authorised to perform such work, modified and fitted to the aircraft a long range fuel tank of unknown history. This work was not recorded in the aircraft log book as is required. The aircraft subsequently underwent a major inspection followed by some 60 hours flying before again being delivered to the owner during September, 1973. Mr. Armstrong then flew the aircraft on various occasions totalling some 11 hours although, being the holder of a student pilot licence, he was not authorised to pilot any aircraft unless he was under the supervision if a flight instructor.
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General details
Date: 01 December 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1450 WST  
Location:Busselton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 02 August 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Auster Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: J5 
Aircraft registration: VH-KSV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Lynwood Farm
Departure time:1435
Destination:Lynwood Farm
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Last update 13 May 2014