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Near the end of the landing roll the left wing rose and the aircraft lifted off the strip, then settled back onto the ground on the right mainwheel. The brakes were still applied and the aircraft turned sharply to the right and the right wing struck the ground. The aircraft rolled over and came to rest inverted. The pilot had assessed the crosswind component affecting the main property strip as being close to the maximum for the aircraft type. He had therefore decided to use an adjacent area, which was aligned into wind, but because of the position of buildings at the end of the area a go-around was not possible. It is possible that mechanical turbulence from the buildings effected the aircraft during the landing roll. The approach was conducted at a higher airspeed than that recommended in the P charts, and heavy braking was applied on touchdown before the tailwheel had contacted the ground.

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General details
Date: 21 February 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1715 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Scotts Creek 58km SW of Katherine Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 02 May 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-18 
Aircraft registration: VH-SQP 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Scotts Creek NT
Departure time:1705(Aprx)
Destination:Scotts Creek NT
 
 
 
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