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The student had about 75 hours experience in ultralight aircraft, and was undergoing a training programme to enable him to become an instructor. At about 100 feet above the ground after takeoff, the instructor closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The student was slow to react, and the airspeed rapidly decayed. The instructor took control and applied full power, but was unable to prevent the aircraft from contacting the ground heavily. This contact resulted in the lower fuselage striking the ground, and the throttle control became jammed. The aircraft became airborne again with full power applied, and the instructor turned off the ignition system. A second heavy touchdown occurred before the aircraft came to rest.

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General details
Date: 03 June 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1201  
Location:The Oaks Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 15 July 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: Gemini 
Aircraft registration: 25-0095 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:The Oaks NSW
Departure time:1200
Destination:The Oaks NSW
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