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The aircraft was taking off shortly after the pilot had carried out modifications to the fuel system. This had included removing and replacing fuel lines. A witness reported that prior to commencing the takeoff, the engine had been misfiring. This had continued during the takeoff run and initial climb until the engine stopped at a height of about 150 feet. The aircraft was seen to turn sharply to the left before entering a steep nose down spin. After about one full turn the aircraft struck the ground near the strip end. The pilot, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a fatal head injury following the failure of his upper body restraint on impact. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be positively determined.

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General details
Date: 12 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1015  
Location:Beechwood Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 10 July 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Sorrell Aircraft Company Ltd 
Aircraft model: SNS-8 
Aircraft registration: 10-0048 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Beechwood NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Beechwood NSW
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