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The pilot lived alone on his property and was last seen on 29 April when he indicated to a friend that he planned to fly his aircraft the following day if conditions were suitable. He had not flown the aircraft before, but was believed to have made taxy runs and short hops during the previous weeks. Two days later the pilot's brother reported that he was missing and that the aircraft was not at the property. The wreckage was located the following afternoon by a search aircraft. An inspection of the wreckage indicated that the aircraft had struck the ground inverted, at a low forward speed, and that the engine was not developing power at the time of impact. No fault was subsequently found with the engine, and it was considered that it had probably stopped shortly before impact, under negative "g" conditions. The pilot was inexperienced, and the particular aircraft was known to be difficult to control in pitch. It was likely that the pilot experienced handling problems which he was unable to correct before the final loss of control.

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General details
Date: 02 May 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:"Mogadore" (60km North of Warialda) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 19 November 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Bunyip 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:"Mogadore" NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:"Mogadore" NSW
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