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The pilot intended to conduct practice circuits and landings in preparation for competitions later in the day. On the first landing the aircraft bounced slightly and then veered into soft earth at the edge of the partially constructed strip. The nose gear leg collapsed and the left wing tip struck rocks adjacent to the strip. The pilot was inexperienced and the landing was conducted in crosswind conditions onto a 15 metre wide section of strip which was closely surrounded by areas of soft ground, rocks and earthworks. The organisers of the flying competition had permitted operations to take place on a sub-standard strip.

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General details
Date: 03 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:Falmouth Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 01 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-TSQ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Falmouth TAS
Departure time:0825
Destination:Falmouth TAS
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