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The pilot had hired the aircraft in order to maintain currency on the type. After an uneventful flight in the training area he returned to the circuit and carried out a normal approach. However, shortly after touchdown the aircraft swerved to the left and the pilot was unable to regain directional control. The aircraft ran off the side of the runway and the nosegear collapsed. It was discovered that the elevator trim had been set almost fully nose down, and the rudder trim was set almost fully nose left at the time of the accident. The nosewheel had contacted the runway at about the same time as the mainwheels, and it was likely that the subsequent loss of control was the result of the aircraft "wheel-barrowing" on the nosewheel. The pilot, who had only limited experience on the type, had believed that the aircraft had been correctly trimmed prior to touchdown.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1006  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-NBF 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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