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Due to deteriorating weather conditions ahead the pilot decided to make a precautionary landing In a paddock. He made an Inspection of a paddock which appeared suitable. On touching down the aircraft bounced and floated for a considerable distance before finally touching down. The aircraft was then allowed to roll for some 400 feet without braking and the pilot then noticed a 2 inch diameter water pipe crossing the surface of the paddock. He applied firm braking but, possibly due to the damp grass surface, the brakes were not as effective as expected and the aircraft skidded for a further 220 feet. The aircraft had almost stopped when the main wheels rolled over the water pipe without damage, but the starboard wheel then dropped into a depression in the ground covered by long grass. The starboard undercarriage collapsed and damage was also caused to the starboard mainplane, flaps and one propeller blade.
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General details
Date: 05 June 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1240 WST  
Location:Brookton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 22 June 1970  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-TOI 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kondinln
Departure time:0815
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