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The pilot was taking part in a flying competition consisting of several flying sequences flown from the right hand seat and monitored by a safety pilot/adjudicator occupying the left hand seat. The sequences included a practice forced landing that was commenced from the upwind end of the strip at an altitude of 1500 feet. This sequence was to be conducted without the use of the aircraft instruments. Accordingly all the instruments, including the stall warning indicator, but with the exception of the tachometer and the vacuum gauge, were covered with a piece of cardboard. The pilot stated that he set the aircraft up in a glide for runway 29. Approaching over a tidal lake, and on late final, he realised that he had not adequately compensated for the wind and an undershoot was developing. The safety pilot said that he noticed the rate of sink increase rapidly on late final and when the pilot at the controls did not apply power, he called for a go-around and applied power. However, the mainhweels contacted the water and the aircraft nosed over coming to rest inverted in the shallow lake, 150 metres short of the runway threshold.

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General details
Date: 23 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230  
Location:Noosa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 24 February 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-CWE 
Serial number: 28-20990 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Noosa QLD
Departure time:1210
Destination:Noosa QLD
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