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The aircraft had a recent history of directional control problems while operating on water. On two earlier flights on the day of the accident, while landing in strong wind conditions, the aircraft had slewed sharply left when the left pontoon contacted the water. The final landing took place in light wind conditions. On this occasion, as the left pontoon entered the water, the nose of the aircraft dipped and the aircraft flipped over. Due to accident damage, it was not possible to make an accurate determination as to the cause of the control problem. However, repair work had recently been carried out on the aircraft after it struck a submerged object while landing.

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General details
Date: 12 August 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1720  
Location:Atkinsons Dam (20 km NE Gatton) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 03 June 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Osprey Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Osprey 2 
Aircraft registration: VH-PCH 
Serial number: V50 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Atkinsons Dam QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Atkinsons Dam QLD
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