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An inter-club fly-in had been organised at the private airstrip. The club secretary who had organised the meeting had expressed an interest in aerobatics, and arranged to accompany the pilot on a demonstration flight. A series of aerobatic manoeuvres, judged by the witnesses to be of a relatively poor standard, were completed between about 1500 and 3000 feet above ground level. The aircraft was then observed to overfly the aerodrome at about 300 feet agl and enter what appeared to be a roll. When the aircraft reached the inverted attitude, its nose was well below the horizon and the roll was not continued. The nose then lowered further as a "pull-through" manoeuvre was apparently attempted, however the aircraft impacted the ground at high speed before level flight could be regained. Subsequent investigation indicated that the aircraft and its control systems had been serviceable prior to impact with the ground. The pilot was neither approved nor sufficiently experienced to perform aerobatics at a low level and it is probable that on this occasion his actions were influenced by the presence of the group assembled on the ground.

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General details
Date: 10 June 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1427  
Location:Strathalbyn Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 01 April 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd 
Aircraft model: FA-200 
Aircraft registration: VH-FJI 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Strathalbyn SA
Departure time:1427
Destination:Strathalbyn SA
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