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The student pilot, who had very limited flying experience, was on his third solo training circuit for the flight when the accident occurred. The aircraft was in the ground-run phase of a touch-and-go landing when it began to veer to the left. The pilot applied opposite rudder, in an attempt to correct the situation, with no apparent effect. Realising that the aircraft would run off the strip the pilot closed the throttle and applied the brakes. However, the aircraft ran into a ditch, damaging the propeller and nosewheel leg before it stopped moving. The student pilot had completed three successful dual circuits prior to commencing solo training.
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General details
Date: 08 July 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:42 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 22 February 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172N 
Aircraft registration: VH-WNN 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Destination:Parafield SA
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