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The student was approaching first solo standard, having completed some four hours of incident free circuits prior to a dual session of take-offs and landings. During the first take-off from runway 11C, just prior to rotation speed, the student applied full back stick and 'froze' on the controls. The instructor was unable to regain control before the Tomahawk lifted off and stalled at a height of about 30 ft. The aircraft struck the runway under full power, incurring substantial damage. Both the student and instructor were uninjured
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General details
Date: 08 March 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:00 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 20 March 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38-112 
Aircraft registration: VH-IAD 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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