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About 30 minutes after takeoff the aircraft was observed by witnesses to be heading in an easterly direction at about 500 feet above ground level. It was then seen to turn left, head north and commence a gradual descent. The witnesses then reported that another left turn was commenced and both wings folded back. The aircraft entered a steep descent before impacting with the ground. An inspection of the aircraft revealed that the left wing front drag cable had failed, due to fatigue and overload, at the forward end near to the attachment point. The failure of this cable resulted in the wings folding. The manufacturer of the aircraft had published a technical bulletin some seven months prior to the accident recommending that owners replace all the wires on their aircraft and fit a double drag brace system. The owner pilot of this aircraft was aware of the recommendation but had not made the nesessary modifications.

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General details
Date: 11 March 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1900  
Location:5km West of Mannum Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 17 November 1986 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Skycraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: Skycraft Scout Mk3 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Rosenzweig Farm, 6km North-west of Mannum SA
Departure time:1900
Destination:Rosenzweig Farm SA
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