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The aircraft was the only known one of its type in the country, and had been imported by the pilot in 1982. It had not been flown since April 1984. The pilot intended to ferry the aircraft to a neighbouring strip, but about 7 minutes after DEPARTURE the aircraft was seen to turn back. Approaching the DEPARTURE point, the aircraft suddenly pitched up, and shortly afterwards the left wing failed. The pilot attempted to use the recovery parachute, but this became entangled in the rotating propeller and the aircraft fell to the ground. It was likely that the pilot had abandoned his intended flight because of turbulence in the area. The left wing of the aircraft had folded in flight following failure of the lift strut, and the aircraft was in an extreme attitude when the recovery parachute was deployed. The pilot was not a member of the Australian Ultralight Federation, and had not contacted any local members for guidance or assistance prior to the flight.

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General details
Date: 07 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1030  
Location:2 km NNE Judbury Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 30 April 1987 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Firebird M1 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:2 km NNE Judbury TAS
Departure time:1030
Destination:Lonnavale (Approx 9 km West of Judbury) TAS
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