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The pilot had initially planned to land to the north on a strip which was about 950 metres long. When he saw that a formation flight was preparing for a takeoff to the west on the 400 metre strip, he decided land to the west. The wind was a light north westerly. He reported that his aircraft touched down near the 270 threshold at 60 knots with full flaps and then bounced a couple of times before he attempted a go-around. The local chief flying instructor (CFI) witnessed the accident from one of the formation aircraft and said that the aircraft looked to be faster on touchdown, more like 65 knots. During the attempted go-around, the pilot selected flaps fully up and full power but almost ran out of strip before becoming airborne. While attempting to avoid a tree near the end of the strip, he stalled the aircraft which then settled onto a fence. The CFI believed that the go-around would have been successful if the pilot had selected the flaps up in stages rather than going from full flap to zero flap while attempting to become airborne in a short distance.
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General details
Date: 05 March 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:20 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 03 April 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172N 
Aircraft registration: VH-TMT 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Geelong VIC
Destination:Geelong VIC
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