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During the fifth touch-and-go landing of a period of solo circuits the student pilot applied right rudder in anticipation of the expected swing as take-off power was applied. The aircraft immediately swung to the right and the student, becoming confused, applied further right rudder pressure. The aircraft left the runway and impacted a ditch outside the flight strip. The pilot was not using the sash component of his seat belt and he suffered a facial laceration when he struck the instrument panel during the impact.

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General details
Date: 27 July 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1235 (Aprx)  
Location:Orange Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 12 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PMW 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Orange NSW
Departure time:1235 (Aprx)
Destination:Orange NSW
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