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At the conclusion of an aerobatic sequence, the pilot positioned the aircraft for a landing on the grass flight strip. At the time, there was a crosswind of about 8 knots with occasional gusts. Towards the end of the landing roll the aircraft groundlooped and the left maingear collapsed. The pilot stated that he did not believe the aircraft could groundloop at such a slow speed and was therefore not ready when the aircraft weathercocked. He did not attempt to apply full power, which is the recommended procedure in this aircraft, to correct such a swing.

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General details
Date: 18 April 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1525  
Location:Bendigo Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 September 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-XII 
Serial number: V70 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bendigo VIC
Departure time:Approx 1500
Destination:Bendigo VIC
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