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At the conclusion of a property inspection the pilot decided to practice a glide approach in 15 knot wind conditions, which gave a light crosswind on the selected strip. Initial touchdown was on the tailwheel and the aircraft bounced. After the next touchdown the aircraft commenced to run off the side of the strip. The pilot applied power to go-around but the propeller struck the ground and the aircraft came to rest on its nose in a paddock adjacent to the strip. When the aircraft bounced, the pilot had not maintained the control inputs required to compensate for the crosswind, and after the subsequent touchdown the aircraft had commenced to weather-cock. Having applied power to go-around, the pilot had progressively pushed forward on the control stick, in the belief that the tailwheel was still on the ground.

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General details
Date: 06 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1700 (Aprx)  
Location:Urawa Homestead, 20 km North of Mullewa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 13 September 1985 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-WOO 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Urawa Homestead WA
Departure time:1600 (Aprx)
Destination:Urawa Homestead WA
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