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Analysis

Summary

The flight to Shepparton appears to have proceeded normally up to and including the circuit entry for runway 18. It is not possible to precisely describe the wind affecting the aircraft during the attempted landing. However, the crosswind component was probably about 7-15 knots and the tailwind component about 5-12 knots.

The go-around was commenced at a late stage as the aircraft was approaching the trees at the far end of the aerodrome. Due to the late decision to go-around, the pilot was possibly distracted by the need to avoid the trees. The airspeed was low and the pilot may have been experiencing difficulty with climb performance.

The reason for the sharp left turn could not be determined. That turn resulted in the aircraft flying downwind with a reduced climb angle performance and decaying airspeed as the pilot tried to increase height. At which stage the flaps were retracted remains unknown, but fully retracting the flaps at such a low level would have seriously degraded the aircraft's immediate climb performance.

Retracting flap with a high nose attitude probably reduced the aircraft's speed such that the wings stalled at a height that was insufficient to allow recovery before the aircraft impacted the ground.

 
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