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The flight was arranged by the pilot with the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia and was to bo conducted in accordance with FAI rules governing a class of aeroplanes having piston engines and weighing from 1000 kilograms to less than 1750 kilograms. An observer was appointed to monitor the attempt. He witnessed the weighing of the aircraft and also installed a sealed barograph which was intended to substantiate the actual altitude reached.

The pilot was a flying instructor and charter pilot in the employ of Rossair Pty. Ltd. and that company assigned the aircraft for the attempt on the altitude record.

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General details
Date: 27 March 1976 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1222 CST  
Location:Blackwood, 10 km S Adelaide Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Fire 
Release date: 14 June 1979 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-TCU 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:1210
Destination:Parafield SA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandSenior Commercial32710
Fatal: 1001
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