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The pilot decided to carry out a low fly past along the strip to check the effect of the prevailing strong wind. After having flown along about a third of the strip he landed the aircraft. During the landing roll the wind lifted the left wing and the aircraft began to move off to the right of the strip. The right wheel struck a low dirt mound and was twisted rearward. The aircraft then ran through a fence before coming to rest. The particular strip is an agricultural ALA, with a length of 490 metres and restricted to one-way operations. The pilot was familiar with the strip, having landed there on numerous occasions. The first part of the strip was protected from the wind, and on encountering virtually calm conditions, the pilot had made a spur of the moment decision to land. Shortly after touchdown the aircraft had left the protected area and was subject to a strong and gusty wind.

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General details
Date: 31 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1240  
Location:5 km NE of Apollo Bay Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 22 January 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Champion Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 7 
Aircraft registration: VH-DAY 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin VIC
Departure time:1128
Destination:Apollo Bay VIC
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