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At about 0200 hours, the owner and a passenger boarded the aircraft for a local flight. A resident heard it take off and saw the aircraft lights in the circuit area. He also noted that the runway lights were illuminated. A go-around was made on the first approach and the aircraft was landed after another circuit. A take off was carried out in the opposite direction and shortly after becoming airborne the aircraft struck the ground. Fire broke out and engulfed the wreckage. It was not possible to determine which of the occupants were manipulating the controls at the time of the accident. Neither person was qualified to operate the aircraft. Post mortem examinations revealed that both persons had high blood alcohol levels.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:1 km NW Hamilton Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 01 August 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-FOE 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Hamilton VIC
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Hamilton VIC
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