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The aircraft was stolen by a person with the intention of travelling to Western Australia. The ignition lock was activated using the frame of a pair of sunglasses, and after starting the engine the pilot taxied the aircraft onto the strip, where he commenced to take off downwind. Shortly after the aircraft became airborne the tail struck the ground, and the pilot reduced engine power. The nosewheel then contacted the ground and the aircraft commenced to "wheelbarrow". It ran off the side of the strip and subsequently overturned. There is no record of the pilot ever having held a flying licence, or of having received any formal flying training.

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General details
Date: 30 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130  
Location:Borroloola Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 24 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-RKX 
Serial number: 17249688 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Borroloola NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Darwin Area NT
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