These are the investigation findings from the CAA accident report.
- The pilot was appropriately licensed and fit to carry out the flight.
- The pilot was familiar with operating at Monk’s Strip.
- The moderate turbulence and crosswind conditions encountered by the pilot at the time of the accident were significant factors.
- The pilot had limited the amount of wing flap selected for landing which was likely as a decision he made based on the crosswind conditions.
- Due to the approach being high and fast for landing on the airstrip, it would have been prudent for the pilot to have conducted a go-around rather than continue with the landing.
- The aircraft landed approximately halfway down the airstrip, and the pilot would not have been able to stop the aircraft prior to it contacting the boundary fence.
- The pilot fully retracted the wing flaps either during landing or the subsequent takeoff.
- After takeoff, the pilot continued to raise the nose attitude of the aircraft to an excessively high angle.
- After entering the turbulence at the eastern end of the airstrip during climb-out, the aircraft stalled and departed from controlled flight.
- The pilot’s actions for a stall recovery were incorrect; however, there was probably insufficient altitude available to ensure a safe recovery.
- The aircraft struck the ground from a fully developed wing drop stall.
- Due to the rotational forces at impact, the pilot was not restrained by his shoulder harness and received fatal injuries.