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The student was authorised to conduct solo circuit practice in generally light easterly wind conditions. During the session the wind began to swing through more than 90 degrees, with associated strong gusts. In the landing flare on the circuit prior to the accident, a wind gust lifted the left wing and rolled the aircraft to the right. Experiencing considerable difficulty, the student regained control and climbed the aircraft for another circuit. Being unsettled, the student forgot that he could seek advice from his instructor through Perth Flight Service. He elected to terminate the session with his next landing. Again, as the student flared the aircraft for landing, a strong gust lifted the left wing, rolling the aircraft to the right. Before he could correct the roll, a second gust struck the aircraft. Despite recovery efforts the student realised he was losing control and attempted to go-around. The aircraft with a bank angle of 50 degrees, stalled and contacted the ground right wing tip first, coming to rest 95 metres from the runway centre line.

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General details
Date: 13 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1030  
Location:Runway 06 Paraburdoo WA. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 31 July 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-ABQ 
Serial number: 38-78A0380 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Paraburdoo, WA
Departure time:1000
Destination:Paraburdoo, WA
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