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The pilot was carrying out a survey flight of his property to locate a vehicle. The aircraft was observed by ground witnesses, near the vehicle, to commence a descending right hand turn with the apparent intention of landing in a cleared paddock adjacent to the one in which the vehicle was located. The aircraft appeared to lose altitude suddenly after it had completed about 270 degrees of the turn and the right wing touched the ground. The aircraft cartwheeled to a stop. The pilot survived the accident but is unable to remember anything about it. It is probable that the pilot was concentrating his attention on either the ground party or the intended landing area and he allowed the aircraft to either stall or unintentionally lose height. The wing struck the ground before the pilot was able to take action to recover the aircraft to level flight.

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General details
Date: 07 January 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 900  
Location   (show map):5km SE of Kendenup (340km SE Perth) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 July 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Jodel, Societs Des Avions 
Aircraft model: D11 
Aircraft registration: VH-DEA 
Serial number: W15 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kendenup WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Kendenup WA
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