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After the student pilot had completed 1.2 hours of dual instruction in the circuit, his instructor assessed the pilot was ready for his first solo flight. The aircraft was brought to a halt on the grass runway 09 where the instructor alighted. The subsequent takeoff roll appeared to be proceeding normally when the aircraft suddenly veered to the left, departed the runway and collided with a boundary fence. The student pilot advised that the right cabin door had opened and he lost directional control when he lent over and attempted to close the door. The instructor reported that the right hand door lock was operating normally at the time of the accident. The accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation. This report is based on information supplied by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 23 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1015  
Location:Armidale Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 08 December 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-LBJ 
Serial number: 15283380 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Armidale NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Armidale NSW
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