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The pilot was returning from a flight to the local training area and following a normal approach to land into wind, he flared the aircraft for a wheeler landing. During the landing roll the tail wheel was held off the ground until elevator control became ineffective. Before the tailwheel contacted the ground, the pilot relaxed his attention and the aircraft commenced to swing to the right resulting in a ground loop. The left main landing gear oleo fractured and the left wing impacted the ground. There were no pre-existing defects with the aircraft which could have contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 09 July 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1453  
Location:Canberra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Australian Capital Territory Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 31 August 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc 
Aircraft model: T-6 
Aircraft registration: VH-CRC 
Serial number: 88-10252 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:1416
Destination:Canberra ACT
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