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The pilot stated that a characteristic of the strip in use was that there existed off the north-eastern end an area of downdraught caused by prevailing wind blowing over the adjacent terrain and trees. To counteract this downdraught it was necessary to climb to at least 150 feet above the ground level prior to overflying the end of the strip. On this occasion, the pilot believed sufficient altitude had been gained after takeoff, and turned to the left to take advantage of the upgoing air. However, the aircraft encountered a downdraught and the pilot reported that he allowed the airspeed to get too low and the aircraft enetered a spin to the left. During the recovery attempt the aircraft entered a spin to the right and complete recovery was not achieved before ground impact.

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General details
Date: 07 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:2km South-east of Caboolture Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 21 April 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Avenger Ultralight 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:2km SE of Caboolture QLD
Departure time:0829
Destination:2km SE of Caboolture QLD
 
 
 
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