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The pilot had expressed an interest in purchasing the ultralight. The owner agreed to allow him to carry out a series of hops along the runway, to familiarize himself with the aircraft. The pilot did one hop and on the second liftoff continued to climb ahead but to a steeper than normal angle. At about 80 feet agl the engine misfired then stopped with the aircraft still nose high. The aircraft turned right, stalled and impacted the ground in a steep nose down attitude. The carburettor main jet was found to be blocked by the remains of an earwig, one of a number that had entered the float bowl via the unfiltered vent ports, possibly while the aircraft was stored in its darkened trailer for the preceding month. The engine failure and stall occurred at a height which did not allow the pilot to recover control before ground impact.

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General details
Date: 27 May 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1010  
Location:Jacobs Well Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 08 January 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pamco 
Aircraft model: Cygnet 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jacobs Well QLD
Departure time:1010
Destination:Jacobs Well QLD
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