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The pilot reported that he was flying at about 100 feet above ground level when the engine failed suddenly and completely over thick scrub. He decided to stall the aircraft into the foliage canopy, but the aircraft did not make contact with the main canopy other than small branches, and impacted the ground at a 60 degree nose down attitude from a height of about 40 to 50 feet. The nose section, undercarriage and fuel tank were totally destroyed on impact. Examination of the engine has not revealed any mechanical defect. The pilot believes he may have inadvertently bumped the "engine kill switch" to the off position with his knee. The Bureau has been advised by the Australian Ultralight Federation that this particular switch has since been fitted with a shroud to prevent inadvertent operation.

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General details
Date: 25 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Neumayer Valley (120 km SE Burketown)  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 03 July 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Austflight U.L.A. Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: Maxair Drifter 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Neumayer Valley QLD
Destination:Neumayer Valley QLD
 
 
 
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