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Because of strong crosswind conditions at his planned destination the pilot diverted to a nearby strip which was aligned into the prevailing wind. Although the groundspeed was low during the approach the pilot elected to use full flap for landing. Shortly after touchdown the left wing lifted and the pilot was unable to apply full corrective aileron because his knee became jammed between the control column and the flap lever. The aircraft ran off the side of the strip and struck a fence. The fence was only 28 metres from the centre-line of the strip. In his efforts to apply full aileron the pilot had lifted his left foot from the appropriate rudder pedal, which probably increased the tendency of the aircraft to diverge to the right of the strip.

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General details
Date: 28 April 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1340  
Location:Manjimup Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 25 July 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-18 
Aircraft registration: VH-FPI 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Manjimup WA
Departure time:1150
Destination:Manjimup WA
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