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Whilst applying brake after landing the pilot's foot slipped off the left rudder pedal and the aircraft veered to the right. The pilot replaced his foot on the pedal and applied corrective rudder and brake but the aircraft subsequently ground looped to the left and the right main gear leg collapsed. The rudder pedal surfaces were found to be worn. The pedal design was such that foot restraining capabilities were reduced as the surface became smoother from normal wear and tear. It was also determined that the brake pads on the right gear were excessively worn and this probably aggravated the pilot's problem with directional control.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:9 Km ENE of Mansfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 12 March 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-EYA 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:9 Km ENE of Mansfield VIC
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