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When the pilot departed the aerodrome the wind strength was reported to be 18 knots. However, by the time the pilot returned for a landing the wind strength had increased significantly with gusts reported to have reached 30 knots. The pilot landed the aircraft successfully, but as he started to taxi a wind gust caused the right wing to rise. The left wingtip then contacted the ground and the aircraft nosed down resulting in the propeller also striking the ground. The aircraft then pirouetted around the wingtip and somersaulted onto its back. The strong wind sprang up during the time the pilot was flying in the local training area. After landing the pilot was unable to attract the attention of persons who could have acted as wing walkers and despite having placed the control column in the full back and full right position, he was unable to prevent the right wing from rising. This accident was not the subject of a formal on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1615  
Location:Goolwa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 11 January 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Hughes Light Wing 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Serial number: N/A AUF NO. - 25-0153 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Goolwa SA
Departure time:1515
Destination:Goolwa SA
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