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On the day of the accident, the pilot took three of her work colleagues on a tour of the mine pits to the North of the camp. When the aircraft returned to the mine's airstrip, the pilot made a low pass over the camp with the canopy fully opened to drop water bombs, before commencing a climbing left turn to rejoin the circuit for a landing. Whilst the aircraft was climbing, the aircraft stalled. The pilot could not regain control before the aircraft collided with the trees. The pilot had been previously instructed not to make low passes over the campsite. The aircraft flight manual indicates that flight with the canopy partly open, but not fully open, is permissible. The effect of a fully opened canopy on the aerodynamics of the aircraft was not determined. The pilot apparently failed to ensure that she maintained a sufficient margin above the stalling speed during the climb out following the pass. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 13 December 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1830  
Location:Cork Tree Well (40 km north Laverton) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 28 February 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-FXU 
Serial number: AA5-0722 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cork Tree Well WA
Departure time:1740
Destination:Cork Tree Well WA
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