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The pilot had built the single seat aircraft himself and had previously only flown it on one occasion. After completing the first circuit, the aircraft was taxied back to the threshold and the second take-off commenced. Just after lift-off the aircraft was observed to pitch nose up. The right wing dropped and the aircraft turned to the right before impacting the ground. When the aircraft tail came up during the take-off roll, the pilot became concerned that it was too high and that the propeller might strike the ground. In attempting to avoid this, excessive back pressure was applied to the control column. The aircraft became airborne prematurely and then stalled.

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General details
Date: 27 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Parafield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 26 February 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pazmany Aircraft Corporation 
Aircraft model: PL-4 
Aircraft registration: VH-URR 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Parafield SA
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