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This was the student's first session on practice forced landings. The instructor demonstrated a forced landing approach, and then positioned the aircraft for the student to practice an approach. The instructor intended to demonstrate to the student the dangers of trying to stretch the glide. The approach was flown by the student into wind with full flaps set, descending to a low height with the speed reducing to 55 knots. The student failed to respond to the instructor's call to watch the airspeed. The instructor took control, applying full power, but too late to avert the descent. The aircraft port wing tip contacted a bush and the resulted ground contact caused the nose gear to collapsed. The instructor estimated the wind as from the north-west at 15-20 knots and thought there was probably wind shear at low level, which contributed to causing the ground contact.

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General details
Date: 08 July 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1250  
Location:French Island 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: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-HAT 
Serial number: 38-79A72 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tooradin VIC
Departure time:1150
Destination:Tooradin VIC
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