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The pilot had completed one circuit involving a touch and go landing. As power was applied for the take off phase of the second touch and go, the aircraft swerved to the left with the left main landing gear clear of the ground. The pilot was able to arrest the left swing but the aircraft continued to track beyond the confines of the flight strip. After impacting a fence post and two drains, the nose and left main gears were dislodged and the left wing impacted the ground. The investigation revealed that the pilot had used an incorrect crosswind control technique and failed to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the ground roll. The pilot delayed abandoning the take off phase of the touch and go sequence. The position at which the power was reduced and the take off abandoned could not be determined. There were no pre-existing defects with the aircraft which could have contributed to the accident. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 28 January 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1012  
Location:Camden Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 17 March 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WSA 
Serial number: 17269299 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Camden NSW
Departure time:1007
Destination:Camden NSW
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