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The pilot had intended to carry out aerobatic practice in the Dry Creek Aerobatic Training Area. After DEPARTURE, the pilot requested, and was cleared to operate in the Dry Creek area up to an altitude of 3500 feet. The aircraft was then observed to be spinning and crashed into a salt evaporation pan. The investigation revealed no pre-existing defects with the aircraft or its systems which may have contributed to the pilots inability to effect recovery from the spin. However, it was found that, at the time of the accident, the weight of the aircraft exceeded the maximum allowable by about 26 kilograms. The pilot was a member of a local aerobatic club and had accumulated some 30 hours of aerobatic flight. He had been assessed by his instructors and other experienced club members as a competent aerobatic pilot. The circumstances surrounding the entry to the spin and reasons for the pilots apparent inability to recover from the manoeuvre could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 07 June 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1248  
Location:Dry Creek, 6km WSW of Parafield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 June 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-BYS 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:1248
Destination:Parafield SA
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