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Unauthorised flight by student pilot lost control after takeoff. The car arrived at the southern end of the airstrip as the aircraft commenced to take off towards the north. After a short ground roll, the aircraft became airborne and climbed steeply to a height of about 150 feet. It then commenced a steep climbing turn to the left and, after turning through some 90 degrees, the nose dropped and the aircraft dived to the ground and overturned after impact. Shortly after impact a fierce fire broke out and extended to the surrounding scrub.
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General details
Date: 15 March 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1205 ESuT  
Location:Mooorooduc Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 20 November 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aero Commander 
Aircraft model: 100 
Aircraft registration: VH-BFA 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mooorooduc
Departure time:1205
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