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After takeoff, the aircraft was observed to accelerate at a low height above the strip. At the upwind end, the pilot initiated a steep climb and a steep turn to the right, however the aircraft stalled at about 150 feet above the ground. The aircraft struck the ground heavily and slid into a ringlock fence. The pilot freed himself from the wreckage, and the engine which was still running at high speed, was shut down by a spectator. The pilot reported that after the ultralight stalled, he had the stick full back, but the aircraft would not recover. The aircraft stalled as a result of the steep climbing turn but recovery was not effected due to incorrect stall recovery technique.

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General details
Date: 26 July 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1632  
Location:Redcourt (12 km W Bairnsdale) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 21 September 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Scott Winton 
Aircraft model: Sapphire Ultralight 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Redcourt, VIC
Departure time:1632
Destination:Redcourt, VIC
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