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The pilot was taking part in the activities of an Australian Ultralight Federation ( AUF ) club which used the strip for its home base. The pilot was apparently neither a member of the AUF nor the Australian Hang Glider Association. He had only owned the aircraft for about six weeks. Witnesses reported that their attention was drawn to the accident aircraft by the revving of the engine by the pilot. The aircraft at this point was over the strip at approximately 1300 feet above ground level. The pilot was then seen to manoeuvre the aircraft into a steep, near-vertical climb. From this point, the aircraft reportedly lost flying speed and flipped over three times. The wings of the aircraft were then seen to fold and separate from the rest of the aircraft as the engine noise stopped and the aircraft fuselage spiralled into the ground. Investigations into the pilot's background revealed consistent reports of his habit of showing off and performing manoeuvres close to the performance limits of the aircraft he was flying. He was reportedly also seen to perform manoeuvres with inadequate margins of safety and had allegedly been cautioned about his attitude to flying by a principal of the AUF club and the property owner. Engineering investigation of the wreckage showed that all failures of the aircraft structure had occurred as a result of overload or impact forces.

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General details
Date: 30 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1756  
Location:Emkaytee ( 50 Km SE Darwin ) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 14 September 1990 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Pegasus Q 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Emkaytee NT
Departure time:1740
Destination:Emkaytee NT
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