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The pilot had not landed at the strip before, and made four inspection runs prior to approaching to land uphill. There was a gusting crosswind from the left. He stated that as he flared to land, the aircraft suddenly veered to the right, and he applied full power to go around. The aircraft could not outclimb the rising terrain, and touched down in an adjacent field. It ran through a fence and struck an earth bank. The nosegear was torn off and the aircraft overturned. The strip selected by the pilot for landing had an upslope of 6 percent, which is in excess of the maximum allowable for the aircraft. The aircraft was unable to outclimb the terrain during the attempted go around because the slope of the terrain exceeded the climb performance capacity of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 02 December 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1120 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:24 Km SE of Bathurst  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 23 March 1984 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-RUA 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gunning NSW
Departure time:1020
Destination:24 Km SE of Bathurst NSW
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