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The pilot had been practicing low level aerobatics near a road junction. There had been a fatal car accident at the intersection and the pilot had been requested to terminate the exercise. The pilot decided to land the aircraft on a nearby strip. An approach was carried out with a quartering tailwind. Two witness on the ground who observed the approach and landing, stated that after touch down the aircraft bounced and began to drift sideways. They observed that the aircraft touched down again while still drifting, nosed over and came to rest inverted, 80 metres prior to the airfield boundry fence. The strip chosen by the pilot was not suitable for the operation of his aircraft. The first touchdown occurred well down the length of the strip and a go-around was not attempted.

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General details
Date: 01 March 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1745  
Location:3km ESE of Gatton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 09 February 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pitts Aviation Enterprises 
Aircraft model: S-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-SIS 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gatton Agricultural College QLD
Departure time:1730
Destination:3km ESE of Gatton QLD
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