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On 24 October 1989, the student pilot damaged the nose gear of a similar aircraft when he ground looped during a crosswind landing after returning from his first solo flight to the training area. Subsequently he did two dual training flights with different instructors, each flight involving upper air work in the training area and a single landing on return to Bankstown. The student was not given any specific crosswind circuit training, but was authorised for another solo training area flight. During the takeoff run, with an eight knot left crosswind component, the aircraft started to drift to the left of the runway centreline. The pilot applied back pressure to the control column and at this point the aircraft veered further left. As the aircraft ran off the side of the runway, the pilot closed the mixture and throttle and applied brakes. Before coming to a complete stop, the aircraft struck a taxiway sign post damaging the leading edge at the wing root.

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General details
Date: 13 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1720  
Location:Bankstown Airport 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: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G115 
Aircraft registration: VH-TGD 
Serial number: 8085 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown Airport NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Bankstown Airport NSW
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