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While conducting joy flights a misunderstanding made the pilot believe that a commercial requirement necessitated landing in the 25 direction, which had a 2 degree downhill slope. The first approach for landing was high, and a go-around was initiated from about 100 feet above ground level. The pilot reported that during the overshoot the aircraft performance was poor, failing to climb satisfactorily and passed close to the tops of a group of trees. The next approach was still high and at a speed slightly faster than the published approach speed for the prevailing conditions. The aircraft floated for a distance after flaring, and touched down late. Being reluctant to attempt another go-around, the pilot tried to stop the aircraft before the end of the airstrip, but it overran and continued down a steep slope, coming to rest in a ditch. Witness reports indicate that although the wind at the time of the occurrence was described as a variable gusty crosswind, a certain amount of downwind component had previously been noticed.
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General details
Date: 20 August 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:15 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 30 November 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172N 
Aircraft registration: VH-WLQ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rowland Flat SA
Destination:Rowland Flat SA
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