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After a lesson of simulated instrument flying and some stall revision, the student was carrying out a practice forced landing at Wallacia Airstrip. He did not hear the instruction to go around and the aircraft touched down. At this point, the instrument hood, which he was still wearing, fell down over his eyes. As he moved the hood, he displaced his headphones. He heard the instructor say "full power", so he retracted flap and then applied full power. The instructor, realising the aircraft was too far along the strip to successfully clear the trees on the climb out, took over, closed the throttle and applied full braking. The grass was wet and the aircraft overran the strip and struck a fence. The nosegear collapsed.

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General details
Date: 13 Jul 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 905 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Wallacia Occurrence type:Runway excursion 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 20 Feb 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-HAY 
Serial number: 38-79A0885 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:0815
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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