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After an uneventful landing, the aircraft veered to the left and ran off the side of the runway, despite the correcting control inputs from the pilot. The left wheel entered soft dirt and swung the aircraft further to the left, causing it to head towards an earthern bank. The pilot prevented the aircraft from hitting the bank by ground looping the aircraft, which damaged the aircraft by placing excessive side loads on the undercarriage. The pilot was familiar with the aircraft and the wind was light and variable.
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General details
Date: 24 February 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:00 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 29 June 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thorp Engineering Company 
Aircraft model: T-18 
Aircraft registration: VH-CMC 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Unknown
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