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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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