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A witness reported seeing a light aircraft in a near vertical nose-down spiral descent. The descent continued until the aircraft disappeared from view behind trees on nearby rising ground. Some time later searchers found the wreckage of a light aircraft in a fenced paddock approximately three kilometres west of the local airport.

The initial investigation confirmed that the aircraft had impacted the ground while descending near vertically nose down. The two position mechanical flaps were found to be selected to the landing position. All flight controls and actuating systems were identified in the wreckage. The evidence shows the engine was developing power at impact.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500 EST  
Location   (show map):2km W Armidale, Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 27 February 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bill (Willy) Andiel 
Aircraft model: Little Tinny 
Aircraft registration: 10-1797 
Serial number: 10-1797 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Armidale, NSW
Departure time:1200 EST
Destination:Armidale, NSW
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandUltralight Pilot170
Fatal: 1001
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Last update 13 May 2014