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During a solo training circuit, the pilot was subjected to some minor distractions involving other aircraft. The resulting circuit was cramped and the aircraft rolled out high on final approach. The pilot selected the dive brakes and then did not recognise the resulting undershoot until late on final approach. He then dived the aircraft to maintain speed, forgetting to retract the dive brakes. The left wing struck a tree and the aircraft came to rest inverted. The pilot, who was inexperienced on type, possibly had a temporary lapse of concentration when the approach became dangerously low and forgot to retract the speed brakes.
General details
Date: 15 December 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:05 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 15 February 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: Astir CS 
Aircraft registration: VH-WUL 
Sector: Other 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lake Keepit NSW
Destination:Lake Keepit NSW
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