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The pilot had failed to return from a flight in the local area. A search was organised, and the wreckage of the aircraft was located the following morning. It had crashed into a swampy area and the pilot, although still alive, was seriously injured and unconscious. Although he subsequently survived his injuries he has no recall whatever of the accident sequence. Inspection of the wreckage indicated that the aircraft had hit the swamp in a flat attitude at a high vertical velocity but with little forward speed. The propeller was undamaged and appeared to have been stopped at the time of impact. A subsequent check of the engine revealed a faulty magneto. The precise nature of the fault was not determined but the engine would not start or run until an alternative ignition system was fitted. The engine then ran perfectly and no other faults were found with it. This particular engine was fitted with a single ignition system, as permitted by existing regulations.

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General details
Date: 13 December 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: Between 1630 & 1830  
Location:3 km NW of Barwon Heads Township Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 04 May 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Taylor Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: JT-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-ULJ 
Serial number: V20 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Barwon Heads VIC
Departure time:1530
Destination:Barwon Heads VIC
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