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The purpose of the flight was for the pilot under check to obtain a tailwheel undercarriage endorsement. Prior to take-off, the pilot under check was briefed that due to the instructor's seating position, he was unable to apply full rudder pedal travel. Therefore, rudder control would have to be exercised by the pilot under check. During a demonstrated short field landing by the instructor, the pilot under check did not take control of the rudder on the ground as briefed. Directional control of the aircraft was lost despite calls by the instructor for the pilot to check the swing and use brake. The aircraft left the strip and was substantially damaged. The reason why the pilot under check did not take control of the rudder pedals during the landing was not determined, as he refused to co-operate with the investigation.

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General details
Date: 03 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:Leongatha Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 03 September 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-TCK 
Serial number: 18502770 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Leongatha
Departure time:730
Destination:Leongatha Vic
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