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The pilot completed some dual flying earlier in the morning in another pilot's gyrocopter. About 10 hours dual flying had been completed with this other pilot over recent weeks. He then decided to make a solo flight in his own single place gyrocopter. The intention was to fly eight to ten circuits and low passes along the airstrip to get the feel of the aircraft. The first circuit appeared to proceed smoothly at an altitude of about 250 feet above the ground until the turn onto final approach. When that turn was started the aircraft assumed a reasonably steep nose down attitude. Engine noise remained constant until the aircraft hit the ground tracking about 15 degrees to the left of the landing direction. A detailed wreckage inspection did not reveal any pre-existing defect that may have contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 10 July 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1110  
Location   (show map):Redwood 20 km NE of Traralgon Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 15 February 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Eurocopter 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:"Redwood" VIC
Departure time:1107
Destination:"Redwood" VIC
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