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The pilot had been conducting a series of solo circuits and landings. On the seventh circuit, a normal approach was flown but the aircraft ballooned slightly as the flare was commenced. The aircraft was then seen to climb abruptly to a height of about 20 feet, and shortly afterwards the left wing dropped. Full power was applied, but descent continued and the left wing tip struck the ground. The aircraft slewed rapidly to the left and the nose struck the side of a ditch. During his training, the pilot had experienced some inconsistency in the control of the landing flare. On this occasion he had evidently applied rearward pressure to the control column, and had not relaxed this pressure before the aircraft stalled.

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General details
Date: 30 October 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1345  
Location:Harewood (2.5 km SE Tooradin) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 12 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WSI 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Harewood VIC
Departure time:1345
Destination:Harewood VIC
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