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The pilot flared the aircraft for landing but then decided he was undershooting and applied full power to go-around. The aircraft climbed to about 7 feet when the left wing dropped and struck the ground. The aircraft yawed sharply to the left and the nose struck the ground heavily. The pilot was late in detecting the undershoot but when full power was applied to correct this, he failed to adjust the pitch attitude and the aircraft stalled.

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General details
Date: 27 February 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1810  
Location:Witchelina Homestead, 71 km NNW of Leigh Creek South Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 20 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DOX 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Witchelina Homestead SA
Departure time:1730
Destination:Witchelina Homestead SA
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