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The aircraft was being flown by the owner who had obtained a restricted private pilot licence several hours prior to the accident, and had just completed an endorsement on the type. The front seat passenger was a licenced pilot with slightly more flying experience than the owner. During the landing, the aircraft touched down on one wheel, bounced and yawed to the left. The pilot commenced a go-around but the passenger took control of the aircraft from him. During the attempted go-around, the aircraft was observed to touch the ground again, before flying in a steeply nose high attitude over a parked aircraft and a building. As the aircraft passed over the building a wing dropped and the aircraft subsequently struck a fence post damaging the right stabilator. It became airborne again in a steeply nose high attitude before stall- mushing into the ground, impacting heavily approximately 600 metres from the initial point of touchdown.

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General details
Date: 03 July 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130  
Location:Warnervale Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 09 November 1988 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-BWY 
Serial number: 28-11176 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cessnock NSW
Departure time:1110
Destination:Warnervale NSW
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