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The student was conducting a series of circuits with touch and go landings. Wind conditions were calm and during the fifth circuit the pilot decided to carry out a full-stop landing before using another runway. At a speed of about 30 knots during the landing roll the pilot applied braking, but the aircraft immediately veered sharply to the right and ran off the side of the runway. The nosegear was broken when the aircraft entered a ditch before coming to a halt. An excessively worn brake pad on the right wheel assembly probably caused the brake to grab. The pilot had been unable to correct the resulting sudden and unexpected swing in time to prevent the aircraft running off the side of the runway.

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General details
Date: 07 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 806  
Location:Wollongong Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 17 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-WFQ 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wollongong NSW
Departure time:0806
Destination:Wollongong NSW
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