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It was reported that the flight had initially been planned as a circuit training exercise. When the wind was reported as a 20 kt crosswind the flight was cancelled. As the aircraft taxied back to the parking area the pilots received a report that the crosswind had dropped to 15 kt. They then decided to takeoff and complete some upper air work. Shortly after the aircraft became airborne, with the pilot-under-instruction at the controls, it encountered a strong wind gust which caused it to roll to the right and descend. The instructor took over control of the aircraft and attempted to correct the situation. Although the aircraft apparently started to respond the instructor assessed that his input was not correcting the situation quickly enough and he closed the throttle, held the control column back and allowed the aircraft to descend to ground level. The aircraft impacted nose first, to the right of the flight strip, before sliding to a stop and overturning. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that the wind was gusting between 12 and 21 kt and changing direction from 340 to 010 degrees at the time of the takeoff. The pilots were using runway 06L.
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General details
Date: 26 July 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:30 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 06 August 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Skyfox Aviation Ltd 
Aircraft model: CA25 
Aircraft registration: VH-NPS 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jandakot WA
Destination:Jandakot WA
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