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At the conclusion of a local flight the pilot carried out a practice touch and go landing, and then positioned the aircraft for a full stop landing. Wind conditions at the time were light. Shortly after touchdown the aircraft commenced to veer to the right. The pilot was unable to stop the swing, and elected to go around. However, the aircraft was no longer aligned with the strip and during the attempted go-around the aircraft struck an embankment and a small tree. The pilot closed the throttle and the aircraft came to rest about 100 metres to the right of the strip.

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General details
Date: 26 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:Victoria River Downs Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 June 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-18 
Aircraft registration: VH-PQE 
Serial number: 18-6473 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Victoria River Downs Station NT
Departure time:1545
Destination:Victoria River Downs Station NT
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