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The pilot had completed one circuit involving a touch and go landing and a go around from the second approach. Following the third approach the aircraft touched down then veered to the left as it commenced the landing roll. The pilot was able to arrest the left swing as the aircraft reached the left side of the runway but a swing to the right then developed and resulted in a ground loop. The left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing impacted the ground. The investigation revealed that the pilot had used an incorrect crosswind control technique and then failed to maintain directional control during the landing roll. There were no pre-existing defects with the aircraft which could have contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 17 November 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1241  
Location:Canberra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Australian Capital Territory Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 22 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Maule Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-MZD 
Serial number: 7327C 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:1231
Destination:Canberra ACT
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