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The student had completed about seven hours training and was undergoing her second session of circuit training. The instructor stated that the student had previously had difficulty with the directional control of the aircraft. On this takeoff he allowed the student to manipulate only the rudder, so that she could concentrate on the directional control aspect, while he manipulated all the other controls. As the power was increased the aircraft gradually swung to the left. Approaching the left side of the strip the swing increased and the instructor applied right rudder at the same time as the student. The aircraft swung to the right and as it crossed the right side of the strip the left wheel dug into the ground and the aircraft tipped onto the left wing.

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General details
Date: 22 December 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Redcliffe Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-18 
Aircraft registration: VH-HCM 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Redcliffe QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Redcliffe QLD
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