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A low level aerobatic display was being conducted over the lake. Towards the end of the display the pilot performed four snap rolls followed by a steep climb and stall turn. Although the display was to be conducted not below 500 feet agl the aircraft was recovered from the last snap roll at an estimated 150 feet agl. Despite this low recovery height the pilot persisted with the climb and stall turn manoeuvre. While attempting to recover from the subsequent dive he stalled the aircraft at too low a height to avoid impacting the water.

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General details
Date: 27 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1309  
Location:Lake Eppalock Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pitts Aviation Enterprises 
Aircraft model: S-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-DDS 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin VIC
Departure time:1309
Destination:Moorabbin VIC
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