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The student pilot had completed a period of instruction and a follow-up solo sortie on the morning of the accident. He was landing following a further period of solo circuits when the accident occurred. The aircraft appeared to touch down normally but then veered to the right without any apparent attempts at correction. The aircraft left the runway and crossed a small embankment before going through a fence into the adjoining paddock. It is possible that the pilot had reached task saturation after the third hour of flying involving stalling, incipient spins and circuit work. The pilot was also tending to land flat and fast. It is probable that the aircraft started to "wheelbarrow" as a result of the approach technique used and the pilot did not react in time to avoid the DEPARTURE from the runway.

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General details
Date: 17 March 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1345  
Location:Wagin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 22 February 1990 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-PPU 
Serial number: 28-22992 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wagin WA
Departure time:1255
Destination:Wagin WA
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