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When the pilot arrived at the destination, the wind was swinging from south to south-west and gusting from 15 to 35 knots. Runway 23 was unserviceable, and the pilot later advised that there were no suitable grass areas for an into-wind landing. An approach was made to runway 26, but during the landing roll the aircraft was affected by a strong wind gust. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control, and the aircraft groundlooped, collapsing the right maingear. The pilot was relatively inexperienced on tailwheel type aircraft. He had elected to make a landing approach after being informed that the present wind was from 190 to 230 degrees at 18 knots. This would have resulted in a crosswind component of between 9 and 15 knots, while the maximum allowable for the aircraft type was 12 knots. More favourable landing conditions existed at other aerodromes in the area. The pilot had apparently not considered the possibility of strong wind gusts as he made the approach.

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General details
Date: 09 July 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 919  
Location:Wynyard Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 26 September 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Maule Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-MEU 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin VIC
Departure time:0919
Destination:Wynyard TAS
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