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The pilot took-off with the intention of completing a circuit of the airfield. Once airborne, the pilot observed that the wind was stronger than anticipated, and he decided to abandon the circuit and land immediately in a clear field below the aircraft. During the downwind approach and when the aircraft was about 15 to 20 feet above ground level, the nose dropped suddenly. The pilot endeavoured to correct the situation by opening the throttle and attempting to raise the nose, however, this was ineffective and the aircraft collided with the ground. The pilot had recently purchased the aircraft, and although he had been advised to obtain some training before attempting to operate the aircraft he had declined to do so. The aircraft was not fitted with an air speed indicator, and assessment of speed was based on aircraft attitude in flight and speed across the ground.

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General details
Date: 27 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1440  
Location:3 km NW Mundijong Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 18 November 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Sky Pup 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Davis Field WA
Departure time:1430
Destination:Davis Field WA
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