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Prior to landing on a strip which is aligned in a southerly direction, the pilot estimated that he would be subject to a cross wind of from 10 to 12 knots from the left. However, he was not aware that the topography adjacent to the strip threshold could considerably influence the ambient wind and, during the landing flare -out, the aircraft encountered a strong wind gust from the left. On touchdown the aircraft commenced to turn to the left and, although the pilot took remedial action, he was unable to maintain directional control. In the latter stages of the landing run, the aircraft swung further into wind and the nose landing gear strut bent.

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General details
Date: 09 February 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1320 EST  
Location:Ventnor, Phillip Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 24 February 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-MOL 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin
Departure time:1250
Destination:Phillip Island
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