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As the pilot was unfamiliar with operations at Bankstown, he had arranged to land at a strip near Hartley to pick up another pilot who would accompany him to Bankstown. The pilot inspected the strip from the air and was advised by the pilot on the ground to land uphill, into the north-east. A landing in this direction resulted in a quartering 10 knot tailwind. The aircraft bounced on touchdown and began to swing to the left. Being unable to regain directional control, the pilot applied full power to go-around as the aircraft went off the strip and over an embankment. During the go-around the tailplane struck a fence, and the aircraft came to rest against the fence, 38 metres to the left of the strip centreline and 250 metres from the initial point of touchdown. The pilot had not allowed for a crosswind component during the landing, and once the swing developed he was unable to correct it. The strip did not meet the width requirement for a private ALA.

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General details
Date: 21 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:2.5 km SSE Hartley Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 08 April 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Maule Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-XCM 
Serial number: 7206C 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dubbo NSW
Departure time:1300
Destination:2.5 km SSE Hartley NSW
 
 
 
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