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Shortly after take-off the pilot's door opened. The passenger became very agitated and the pilot elected to carry out a low level circuit and landing. The passenger's condition deteriorated to the extent where the pilot was experiencing difficulty in concentrating on the approach. The aircraft touched down in a paddock 22 metres short of the aerodrome boundary fence, ran through the fence and came to rest near the strip threshold. Atmospheric conditions at the time were conducive to the formation of downdrafts and willy-willies. It was possible that the aircraft was affected by such a disturbance at a time when the pilot was distracted by his passenger's condition.

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General details
Date: 20 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1705  
Location:Sea Lake Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 07 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rockwell International 
Aircraft model: 114 
Aircraft registration: VH-DDY 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sea Lake VIC
Departure time:1703
Destination:Essendon VIC
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