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Shortly after takeoff on a scenic flight, the passenger commenced taking photographs. In the process, his goggles became partly dislodged and began striking the rear cockpit. The pilot reached forward to rectify the situation and, as he replaced his hand on the throttle control, the engine failed. Because of the low altitude of the aircraft, the pilot was forced to land in a rough boggy area within the airfield boundary. The aircraft struck a large depression and nosed over shortly after touchdown. The pilot reported that he had inadvertently knocked the rear ignition switches to the off position, probably with his jacket sleeve, as he reached forward to help his passenger adjust the dislodged goggles.

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General details
Date: 30 July 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1115  
Location:Surfers Gardens Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 24 August 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-82 
Aircraft registration: VH-WAP 
Serial number: DX783 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Surfers Gardens QLD
Departure time:1115
Destination:Surfers Gardens QLD
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