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In the latter stage of the landing roll the aircraft encountered a strong gust of wind from the right. The aircraft swung suddenly to the right and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. The left maingear leg bent and the airframe distorted, allowing the left door to become dislodged. The aircraft came to rest on the runway, after having groundlooped through 130 degrees. Before landing the pilot had carefully monitored the Aerodrome Terminal Information. He was fully aware of the possibility of occasional wind gusts resulting in a maximum crosswind component of 15 knots, which is 2 knots above the maximum limitation for the aircraft. Also he was prepared to conduct a go-around should he have encountered any problems during the approach and flare during the touch down. It is also probable that the pilot relaxed his concentration too early during the landing roll, in anticipation of completing the day's flight.

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General details
Date: 24 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1456  
Location:Moorabbin Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 25 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-MPW 
Serial number: 32636 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Albury NSW
Departure time:1340
Destination:Moorabbin Airport VIC
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