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Shortly after lift-off the pilot heard several loud bangs and saw pieces of fibreglass from the cowls fly past the canopy. Believing the cowlings may have come adrift he decided to land in a small paddock, just outside the aerodrome perimeter fence. The aircraft landed heavily on the soft, wet surface and the propeller struck the ground after only five metres of ground roll. The aircraft came to rest after travelling 34 metres. Investigation revealed that the upper and lower sections of cowling had come apart, following failure of the fibreglass at the connecting screw holes. This allowed the upper cowl to move forward and contact the propeller. The failure was partly due to incorrect placement of the screw holes.

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General details
Date: 06 June 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1033  
Location:Archerfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 24 June 1988 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Jodel, Societs Des Avions 
Aircraft model: D11 
Aircraft registration: VH-DRJ 
Serial number: N11 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:1033
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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