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Following a dual check, the pilot was authorised to carry out a series of solo circuits and landings. Two landings had been completed successfully, however the pilot advised that on the next approach the aircraft was affected by a wind gust. Appropriate corrections were made, but another gust was encountered and the pilot applied power in order to go around. Almost immediately afterwards the left wingtip contacted the ground, followed by the left mainwheel. The nose gear collapsed when it struck the ground and the aircraft came to rest at right angles to the strip direction. The wind at the time was generally down the strip at about 10 knots, with gusts to about 15 knots. The pilot had flown successfully in similar conditions in the past, but on this occasion had not been able to react sufficiently quickly when the left wing dropped.

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General details
Date: 04 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1115  
Location:Swan Hill Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 20 January 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-MIR 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Swan Hill VIC
Departure time:1115
Destination:Swan Hill VIC
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