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On 3 July 2014, a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28-161, registered VH-TEK, was returning from the training area via the 2RN reporting point to Bankstown Airport, New South Wales. The student pilot was the only person on board. The flight was conducted in visual meteorological conditions.

The student tracked from the 2RN reporting point and joined downwind for a touch-and-go landing on runway 29L. The student turned onto base and then final and the Bankstown tower gave the student a clearance to conduct a touch-and-go clearance. The student reported that the approach and landing were normal. As soon as the student felt the aircraft wheels were on the ground, he reached down to the flap lever and selected the flaps to the retracted position.

The aircraft veered slightly to the right and then quickly to the left, departing the runway and onto the grass strip. The student regained control of the aircraft and informed the tower of what happened, reporting that he did not require assistance. The student then taxied onto taxiway B, between taxiway B4 and B3, passing about 20 metres in front of a taxiing Cessna 150. TEK taxied to the flying school without further incident. The student pilot was uninjured and the aircraft was not damaged.


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General details
Date: 03 July 2014 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1024 EST  
Location   (show map):Bankstown Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 January 2015 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28-161 
Aircraft registration: VH-TEK 
Serial number: 28-7916377 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Bankstown, NSW
Destination:Bankstown, NSW
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