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The pilot was making a landing approach in moderate crosswind conditions. Touch-down was made in a three-point attitude at an airspeed of about 40 knots. Immediately afterwards, the pilot experienced difficulty in preventing the into-wind wing from rising. He elected to go around and applied full throttle, but was unable to maintain directional control. The propeller struck the ground and the aircraft cartwheeled before coming to rest. Recorded aerodrome information received by the pilot indicated that the surface wind was gusting above the aircraft maximum demonstrated crosswind component. On final approach, the pilot became aware that a significant crosswind existed, but he continued the approach, using a short field landing technique. When directional control was lost after touchdown and a go around was attempted, the combination of an uncontrolled turn downwind, the low airspeed and a gusty wind caused the aircraft to stall.

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General details
Date: 01 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1656  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 07 February 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Maule Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M-7 
Aircraft registration: VH-MBL 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:The Oaks NSW
Departure time:1639
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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