On 12 May 2010, an instructor and student were conducting
circuit training in an Eagle Aircraft Australia X-TS 150 aircraft,
registered VH-FPP, at Jandakot Aerodrome, Western Australia. Soon
after lift-off the engine started to run rough and lost power. The
instructor took over control and, maintaining between 50 and 100 ft
above ground level, turned the aircraft towards another runway.
Near the end of that runway the aircraft pitched nose-up, stalled
and collided with the ground, seriously damaging the aircraft and
injuring the occupants.
There was no evidence found of an aircraft defect or anomaly
likely to have significantly affected engine power. The
investigation found that the decision by the instructor to turn
downwind significantly increased the aircraft's energy and
therefore the risk of aircraft damage and occupant injury in the
case of a forced landing.