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This flight was to be the pilot's first flight in a minimum aircraft. He was briefed to carry out a take-off and landing along the beach. When the aircraft became airborne a left bank was adopted and right rudder was used to attempt to regain directional control. As speed was increased directional control was achieved but oncoming obstructions made further manoeuvring necessary. After starting to climb, directional control was lost. The aircraft crashed into trees and caught fire. The pilot mentioned to his rescuers that the ailerons had been inoperative. The pilot later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Investigation of the apparent aileron failure was hampered by the degree of fire damage to the aircraft. This damage was a result of the inability of the plastic fuel tank to withstand the impact with the ground. The precise cause of the accident remains undetermined.

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General details
Date: 21 January 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1705 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Farnborough Beach, 11 km N of Yeppoon Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 27 September 1984 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Col Winton 
Aircraft model: Winton Grasshopper 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Farnborough Beach, QLD
Departure time:1705
Destination:Farnborough Beach, QLD
 
 
 
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